80 Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle call for additional funding in Continuing Resolution
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) joined a bipartisan coalition of 80 colleagues in a letter to House leadership urging the inclusion of increased funding for the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program to help prevent gun violence.
“In the wake of the recent shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek and too many other communities, it’s critical that law enforcement agencies have the resources they need to prevent gun violence,” said Shea-Porter. “The COPS Hiring Program does exactly that, and that is why I’m proud to add my name to this bipartisan letter. I hope that any compromise to continue funding the Federal Government includes supplemental funding for this measure to help keep our communities safe.”
The COPS Hiring Program provides funding to address the full-time sworn officer needs of state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies nationwide. According to the Hamilton Project, there are over 50,000 fewer law enforcement officers on the streets today than in 2008 due to the budgetary limitations of state and local governments. This limits the ability of law enforcement agencies to combat gun violence and other crimes. Fortunately, the COPS program provides a mechanism for the Federal Government to address this shortfall by allowing for the hiring of additional officers.
This week, the House plans to vote on a Continuing Resolution that includes no additional funding for the program. In his recommendations to Congress, President Obama called for supplemental $4 billion appropriation for the program.
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Shea-Porter and 285 of her colleagues successfully passed the full version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The legislation, which the Senate passed on February 12th, will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
Congresswoman Shea-Porter released the following statement:
"I was very happy to see Republicans and Democrats join together to protect victims of violence. I hope we can continue cooperating on other important issues."
· VAWA has improved the criminal justice system’s ability to keep victims safe and hold perpetrators accountable. As a result of this historic legislation, every state has enacted laws making stalking a crime and strengthened criminal rape statutes.
· The annual incidence of domestic violence has dropped more than 50% since VAWA became law.
· VAWA programs have provided victims with critical services such as transitional housing, legal assistance, and supervised visitation services. They address the unique barriers faced by rural victims, elderly victims, and those with disabilities.
· Since VAWA was originally enacted, reporting of domestic violence has increased as much as 51%. More victims are coming forward and receiving lifesaving services to help them move from crisis to stability.
· VAWA has successfully encouraged communities to coordinate their responses to violence against women by bringing together victim advocates, law enforcement, the courts, health care professionals, and leaders within faith communities.
· More work remains: the CDC’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that 1 in 4 women has been the victim of severe physical domestic violence and 1 in 5 women has been raped in her lifetime.
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Shea-Porter called on Republican House Leadership to pass the Senate bipartisan version of the VAWA Reauthorization. The Violence Against Women Act sailed through the Senate this afternoon 78-22. This Senate-passed bill is almost identical to the strong, bipartisan bill that passed the Senate by a vote of 68 to 31 in April 2012. The House Republicans are rejecting the bill because it expands protections to LGBT and Native American victims of violence.
“The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act is long overdue,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “My hope is that this bill can pass the House in a bipartisan manner, like it has passed twice in the Senate.”
On January 22, , Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI), Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), and other House Democrats introduced H.R. 11, a VAWA Reauthorization identical to S. 47, the Senate bill, and Congresswoman Shea-Porter is an original cosponsor of that bill. H.R. 11 currently has 194 Democratic cosponsors.
Granite State Progress Statement on New Hampshire voters overwhelmingly supporting background checks, assault weapons ban
Henniker, NH -- A new poll released by New England College confirms that New Hampshire voters overwhelming support stronger gun violence prevention measures.
By a nearly 3-to-1 margin, Granite Staters support a ban on assault weapons in New Hampshire (72%-24%) and by a nearly 8-to-1 margin support a national proposal to require a criminal background check for every gun sale (88%-10%). Both men (64% to 34%) and women (80% to 16%) strongly support the mass murder prevention initiative – otherwise known as the assault weapons ban. The poll reports a margin of error of 3.82%.
“The horrific tragedy that we saw in Connecticut has increased the public call for urgent action to prevent more gun violence,” said Granite State Progress executive director Zandra Rice Hawkins. “This poll demonstrates that the people of New Hampshire share the same sense of outrage that communities across the country have expressed in recent weeks. This should serve as notice to both the State House in Concord and our elected representatives in Washington that Granite Staters are serious about preventing gun violence. The consensus that the poll shows cuts across party, region, and gender.”
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