FEBRUARY 28TH, 2008 | ryan.alexander
Tom Harkin delivered testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs to call attention to the Bush Administration’s budget cuts to Iowa’s law enforcement community. The two-thirds cut to the Bryne Justice Assistance Grants program will cost Iowa $3 million and it will hamper Iowa’s sheriffs and police to tackle drugs, fight crime, and protect Iowa communities. In a statement released yesterday Harkin stated:
“It is no accident that over the past fifteen years, Iowa’s and the country’s law enforcement has made tremendous strides in reducing the level of crime and violence. This decline in crime was due in no small measure to federal assistance through the Byrne program,” said Harkin. “By insisting on devastating cuts to Byrne last year, and trying to kill the program in this year’s budget, the president’s cuts are trying to cripple law enforcement. His action shortchanges our law enforcement officers who are trying to keep our neighborhoods safe and his action means fewer officers on the street, fewer investigations, and more criminals preying on our communities.”
Due to Bush’s budget cuts, Iowa will be forced to eliminate 15 of its 21 successful anti-drug programs. Just last year the Bryne-grant supported drug task forces seized $31 million in illegal drugs and made over 2,000 drug-related criminal convictions.
Senator Tom Harkin plans to continue to fight to restore this critical funding for Iowa’s law enforcement personal so that Iowa’s neighborhoods will remain safe and drug free