Comment On House Passage Of S. 231, A Bill To Reauthorize The Byrne Grant Program

The House of Representatives today passed S. 231, a bill to reauthorize the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program through 2012.  The reauthorization is an extension of the authorization contained in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2005.  The grant program is administered by the Department of Justice.  The Senate passed the legislation in June 2007.  The bill will now be sent to the President for signature. 

“Congress has now passed a key bill to reauthorize the Byrne grant program.  This program has provided state and local law enforcement officials with billions of dollars to combat crime.  Rural states like Vermont depend on assistance from federal grant programs like the successful Byrne program to assist with counter-drug enforcement and prosecutor efforts.  While the Bush administration continues to try to strip away anti-crime programs like the Byrne Grant program, I have worked hard along with many others in the House and Senate to ensure that this vital program continues.  This is an important step forward, but Congress must now work to properly fund this important program.  I look forward to President Bush signing this reauthorization legislation.”

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