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House Proceeding 04-22-09 on Apr 22nd, 2009 :: 0:10:35 to 0:13:35
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Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:10:32 to 0:10:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: enfor local offices. i oppose this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. weiner: i yield two minutes to the the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pascrell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pascrell: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 1139, cops improvements act of

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:10:35 to 0:13:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Jr.Pascrell

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:10:53 to 0:11:14( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: 2009. i want to thank my colleague, mr. wiener, who understands the significance, the history, the data and even the science of the success of this bill and this law. mr. speaker, after september 11, as we as a natio as a congress made a new commitment to homeland security in protecting our communities, the fact is

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:11:15 to 0:11:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: that for years under the republican-led congress, cops hiring grants were gutted for more than $1 billion a year in the late 1990's to only $10 million in fiscal year 2005. and then zeroed out, zeroed out, not only do they want to be

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:11:37 to 0:11:58( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: outgunned, but want them to be outfunded. that's what they want. they want to take pictures with cops, pat them on the back, and not support them. as a long time member of the homeland security committee, i have always believed strongly that real homeland security begins on our streets and our communities and that means funding for our cops.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:11:59 to 0:12:19( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: the whole purpose of the cops program was to provide community officers to be trained in the streets. read the legislation. when president clinton created the cops program in 1994 with the goal of putting 100,000 new officers out on the streets, it was met with sop skepticism, but

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:12:20 to 0:12:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: today it's clear that this program helped turn the tide against crime. g.a.o. isolated the fect of the cops program and estimated there was a 2.5% decline in the violent crime rate between 1993 and 2000, because of this program alone.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:12:41 to 0:13:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: when you think about it, that's tens of thousands of violent crimes that weren't committed simply because we did the right thing and provided our officers with more support on the streets and the proper traing. so i stand here on behalf of the police officers of this country. and i stand here on behalf of those folks who work in

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:13:03 to 0:13:24( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: prosecutors' offices across america. we're going to help you. we are going to make sure you have assistance and resources to do the job. three times the current amount and it comes at a time when our states and municipalities need it most. in my district alone, 324 police officers on the streets because of these grants. i urge all my colleagues from

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:13:25 to 0:13:35( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: both sides of the aisle to support this vital vote and pass this legislation. thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired.

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