Washington Outlook

Senate Cuts COPS Program and Local Law Enforcement Block Grant

By Ed Somers
July 31, 2000

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2001 funding bill which covers the Department of Justice and key city law enforcement programs on July 18. The Senate committee bill provides only $400 million for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG). The House-passed funding bill (HR 4690) would provide $523 million for LLEBG, the same as provided in previous years.

As for the COPS program, the Senate committee bill contains $812 million. This is more than the $595 million in new funding contained in the House bill, but less than President Clinton's FY 2001 budget request of $1.335 billion. COPS received $913 million in FY 2000.

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