Leahy To Chair Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Next Week On Life-Saving Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program

Hearing Will Take Place During National Police Week

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, May 6, 2014) – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing next week on the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, a life-saving program whose charter expired in 2012. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) sought earlier Tuesday to pass legislation reauthorizing the program, but was blocked by a Republican objection.

“No one can dispute that this program saves lives,” Leahy said. “Through compelling testimony at next week’s hearing, I hope Republicans will finally end their obstruction and agree to renew this important program.”

The hearing, The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program: Supporting Law Enforcement Officers When it Matters Most,” will include testimony on the impact of the life-saving program, which to date has helped provide more than one million vests to state and local law enforcement officers throughout the country. Leahy said he hopes that next week’s hearing will highlight the importance of the program and help urge Senators to support extending it.

“Next week we will commemorate National Police Week, a time when the nation pays tribute to the sacrifices made by all who serve in law enforcement,” Leahy said. “These officers risk their lives every day to protect our communities, and we often speak eloquently here in the Senate about supporting law enforcement and their families. I hope by next week the Senate comes together to honor the service of those who keep us safe by reauthorizing the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program.”

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The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled “The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program: Supporting Law Enforcement Officers When it Matters Most” for Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

By order of the Chairman.

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