Right now the proposed funding level represents a two-thirds cut from 2007 levels. Byrne grants are a major tool used to help fight drug crime, particularly the meth war.
Here's Bond's statement on the funding plan:
"Despite the critical role our drug task forces and law enforcement officials play keeping our families and neighborhoods safe, federal funding for local law enforcement has gone down, which is why I am fighting to restore funds to this critical program," said Senator Bond. "There must be a local, state and federal partnership to keep our communities safe and I will do everything I can to get local law enforcement the federal assistance they need to ensure our families are protected."