Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee Approves Spending Bill

On July 16,  the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) approved a $52.272 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 spending measure to fund the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, and other related agencies.

The bill funds the DOJ at $28.5 billion. Included in that total is $385 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, $394 million for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants, $417 million for Violence Against Women Act programs, $279 million for juvenile justice and mentoring grants, and $129 million for research and evaluation initiatives on the best prevention and intervention strategies

We are pleased to report that the bill also provides $150 million to the COPS Office for a competitive grant program that would allow communities to hire school safety personnel, conduct school safety assessments, and create school safety plans. The IACP sent a letter in support of this program to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). It is important to note that the House passed FY 2014 CJS Appropriations bill is absent of this program as well as any funding for COPS grants.

The Senate Full Committee on Appropriations will consider the FY 2013 CJS Appropriations bill on July 18.

As we continue to move through the FY 2014 Appropriations process, we may be putting out a call for action to have IACP members express their support for the valuable public safety program funded through the DOJ.

Link to President Steckler's letter to the U.S. Senate