Shea-Porter Secures $500,000 in Police Funding for NH

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) today applauded the passage of a bill containing half a million dollars in funding for police programs in New Hampshire's First Congressional District. The FY2008 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (HR 3093) included funding requests from Shea-Porter that will support key law enforcement priorities in the Cities of Manchester, Dover, Rochester, and Portsmouth.

"For the past six years, our police departments haven't been getting the support they need from the federal government. The grant money for police departments to get the tools they need has been drying up," said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. "That's why I made this issue a priority. The funding in this bill will help give our police officers the tools, training, and equipment that they need to do their jobs and keep our communities safe."

Each of the four cities will receive $125,000 for police and law enforcement projects including equipment upgrades and training programs.

o       Manchester's funding will be used to update and modernize antiquated law enforcement technology and provide new equipment to better assist with inter-department communication.

o       Rochester is also planning to expand its police department's communication equipment. Additionally, the City will provide training to support drug and crime prevention initiatives.

o       Dover will use the funding to reduce the incidence of drug and alcohol abuse, gang violence, and crime by at-risk youth.  The funding will allow personnel with expertise in drug and alcohol counseling to work in both in-school and out-of-school settings with at-risk youth, provide training for officers and community leaders in effective outreach efforts for neighborhoods with a high incidence of alcohol and drug abuse.

o       Portsmouth will put their funds towards upgrading the records management systems of nine seacoast community police departments. This will make it easier for officers from different municipalities to work together by providing them with real-time access to each department's records.

Under the previous six years of Republican control, federal funding for state and local law-enforcement assistance was cut by 42 percent, from $4.4 billion to $2.5 billion. The bill passed by the House today reverses these cutbacks by restoring funding for programs such as COPS, which has helped put thousands of new police officers on the streets.

The FY2008 Commerce - Justice - Science Appropriations bill passed the House by a vote of 281 to 142. The funding must also be approved by the Senate before being sent to the President.

Additional information on the bill is attached below.

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The FY2008 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (HR 3093)

Law Enforcement/Justice Department

COPS. With fresh evidence that the violent crime rate has risen for the second straight year, the bill rejects the President's proposal to slash the COPS program by 94 percent.  The bill rejects this cut - and instead provides $725 million, $183 million above 2007.  This includes funding for such items as:  $100 million for the COPS hiring program; $175 million for expanding DNA analysis and forensic crime lab capacity; and $85 million for beefing up enforcement in "meth hot spots," communities where methamphetamine use and production has become a serious problem.   

Byrne Justice Assistance Grants. The President's budget proposes eliminating Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, a formula grant program.  The bill rejects this elimination - and instead provides $600 million for these grants. 

State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP). The President's budget proposes eliminating funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance program (SCAAP), which assists state and local governments with the costs of jailing undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes not related to their immigration status.  The bill rejects this elimination - instead providing $405 million for 2008.

Juvenile Justice. The bill provides $400 million for juvenile justice programs, $62 million above 2007.  This includes funding for such items as $100 million for competitive youth mentoring grants; $81 million for delinquency prevention grants; and $60 million for Justice Accountability Block Grants.

Violence Against Women. The President's budget proposes cutting Violence Against Women programs by $13 million.  The bill rejects this cut - and instead provides $430 million, or $48 million above 2007, for these programs to reduce violence against women, and to strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

FBI.  The bill provides $6.5 billion for the FBI, which is $509 million above 2007 and $148 million above the President's request.  According to the FBI, under the President's request, the Bureau would have needed to institute a hiring freeze, postpone new programs, and cut operations across the board.  The bill's funding includes an additional $71 million for counterterrorism and criminal investigation efforts, allowing the Bureau to hire an additional 272 agents.  

Commitment to American Innovation

Science. The bill includes $28 billion, $1 billion above the President's request, for science and science education as part of the Innovation Agenda to keep America competitive in the global market.

National Science Foundation. The measure provides $80 million more than the President's request, putting NSF on track to double over the next 10 years in order to ensure the U.S maintains its position as a global leader in scientific research and technology.  This includes supports for quality math and science education including scholarships to encourage young scientists to become math and science teachers.

National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The bill rejects the President's cuts and invests 23 percent above 2007 to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology.

o       The bill rejects the President's termination of Advanced Technology Program (ATP) for investments in early-stage, innovative technologies, research to solve manufacturing problems and initiatives to develop new technologies for commercial use.

o       The measure also rejects the President's 57 percent cut in the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) to help small and mid-size manufacturers compete globally by providing them with everything from plant modernization to employee training to advanced manufacturing technologies.

 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The measure restores a majority of the President's cuts and includes funds to protect the land surrounding our nation's coasts and estuaries.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The bill provides $17.8 billion, $1.3 billion more than last year, including funds for scientific research in space (such as the Hubble Space Telescope,); aeronautical research; for the manned exploration in space; and for education dedicated to space.

Combating Global Climate Change

Global Climate Change. Rejects the President's cuts and instead provides $1.9 billion for initiatives including:  a National Academies' Climate Change Committee to investigate issues and make recommendations to address Global Climate Change; for advance climate change sensors at NASA (Total Solar Irradiance Sensors) and NOAA (Earth Radiation Budget Sensor) to continue long-term climate data records essential to understanding global climate change; and an incentive program to assist businesses in new strategies to combat global warming.