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Congress approves OmniBus Spending Bill

Posted by: Jennifer Foley Posted date: March 21, 2014


In January, Congress gave final approval to a $1.1 trillion spending bill that eases sharp budget cuts known as the sequester and guarantees there will not be another government shutdown until at least October 1. The Senate approved the measure 72 to 26 and the House overwhelmingly passed the bill.

The 2014 Omnibus Spending Bill provides $27.7 billion for the Department of Justice to fight crime and terrorism, protect communities and families, and provide critical grant funding for law enforcement initiatives to state, local, and tribal government. The bill gives strong support for state, local, and tribal partners who fight violent crime, combat violence against women and children, and support victims of crime. The bill provides $2.3 billion to help state and local law enforcement with the tools they need to fight violent crime, gangs, and terrorism.

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program is funded at $214 million compared to $212 million in Fiscal Year 2013. Funding for key operational grant programs includes: $376 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants; $417 million for Violence Against Women Act programs; $255 million for juvenile justice and mentoring grants; and $120 million for research and evaluation initiatives on the best prevention and intervention strategies. This funding will provide women with support to leave violent abusers; put away rapists, child abusers, and sex predators; break up child pornography and prostitution rings; build the capacity of crime laboratories to process DNA evidence and thousands of untested rape kits for use as evidence in trials; break the school to prison pipeline; and help root out and prosecute the most violent gang members. The bill includes $8.2 million for the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), which is a top priority for NAPO. Funding for criminal history records and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is also up from $18 million in FY 2013 to $59 million in FY 2014.

For more information, please contact Melissa Nee at: mnee@napo.org.

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