Tom Reed writes:
Tom Reed’s amendment protecting the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program passed unanimously in the House of Representatives this week. The amendment would shield the COPS program from a proposed 60 percent cut, restoring full funding levels for COPS and protecting jobs supported by the program. Reps. Reichert, Pascrell, Grimm, DeFazio, Welch, King (NY) and Johnson (GA) joined Reed to introduce the amendment included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Bill for Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS).
According to House records:
An amendment, offered by Mr. Reichert, to reduce funding for periodic census and programs by $110 million and to increase funding for community oriented policing services programs (hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers) by a similar amount.
Rep. Reichert writes:
Washington, D.C. – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed an amendment introduced by U.S. Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), co-chairs of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, along with Reps. King, DeFazio, Grimm, Welch, Reed, Enyart and Johnson. The amendment, which would protect funding for the highly successful Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program and allow the hiring of almost 1000 additional police officers, was included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations Bill for Commerce Justice and Science (CJS).
What’s wacky here:
- Tom says it is his amendment, but the clerk says its Rep. Reichert’s.
- Rep. Reichert also says it is his amendment.
- The amendment increases COPS funding by $110 million rather than protecting COPS funding from a cut per se. It may amount to the same thing, but why not be clear?
- Reichert doesn’t mention a funding increase or explain how his amendment is funded.
- Reichert doesn’t explain how preventing cuts allows more officers to be hired.
- Because funds are shifted from one program to another, jobs saved in one are at the expense of the other.
- No justification is given for cutting the appropriation for the census.
As is his wont, Tom disseminates half truths and untruths; he doesn’t show much respect for his constituents when he tries to fool them. No wonder Congress doesn’t command respect.
© William Hungerford – May 2014