Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jon Runyan and House Republicans cutting COPS program

It's pretty shocking that the House Republicans are voting to eliminate the Department of Justice’s successful Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program. You'll remember this program helps communities hire police officers. Senator Lautenberg is right:

“With crime rising in New Jersey communities, police officers shouldn’t be on unemployment lines, they should be working to keep our streets safe,” said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee which funds the COPS program. “The COPS grant program has a long history of helping local communities throughout New Jersey and across the country keep police on the beat. Republican efforts to zero out funding for the COPS program are endangering the ability of our police departments to stop violence and prevent crime. I am committed to fighting in the Senate to support COPS funding and tooppose these reckless House cuts. ”

So far Jon Runyan has voted with conservative Republicans almost all the time so he'll likely be voting to eliminate COPS. I guess police are just another thing we can't afford in America anymore.

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