February 9, 2011, Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) released the House
of Representative’s Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) Budget. The Federal Government is almost five months
into FY11. It is still operating off a Continuing Resolution (CR).
The CR is set to expire on March 4, 2011. If Congress fails to pass
a funding bill the Federal Government will be forced to shut down.
Rogers intends to cut an additional100 billion dollars from the
CR that was presented from the President’s FY11 request. These cuts are just the beginning of Congressional
attempts to reduce our ever growing national debt. The Republicans are committed to putting our
nation on a “Sustainable Financial Path”. This will result in a large reduction in non-security
the first budget proposal by Chairman Rogers, the Community Oriented
Policing Services (COPS) program was cut 600 million dollars. The
House Appropriations Committee has released an updated FY11 budget
calling for an additional cut of 25 billion dollars from the original
version. The latest funding bill called for an additional 203.1
million out of COPS programs. It also eliminated the COPS hiring
these drastic budget proposals, NAPO has been hard at work in Washington
to correct these monumental cuts. The good news is that lawmakers
believe that the COPS program is still a vital program. In fact,
after reaching out to members’ offices, it seems there was no good
reason to radically reduce the COPS program other than the attempt
to reduce the budget.
served as the premier law enforcement organization working tirelessly
with members of Congress and the administration to enact the COPS
program in 1994. Since its
inception, NAPO has continued to be a lead advocate for securing
funding. We have not wavered in our commitment to educate members
on the importance of this program and work with offices to minimize
funding cuts and restore funds to the COPS program.
Congress institutes new rules for procedure. In the House, lawmakers
can offer amendments to the budget that rearrange “numbers underneath”
the 58 billion dollars in proposed spending cuts.
However, they cannot propose amendments that will increase
spending. There were several amendments offered to restore funds
to COPS. On February 16,
2011, Congressmen Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) amendment -125 passed
with 288 members voting in support and 203 opposed. This legislation
moves $298 million from NASA’s budget to COPS and brings the total
funding up from 290.5 million dollars to 588.5 million dollars
and restores COPS hiring.
House is expected to wrap up debate before next week’s recess, this
will allow for some “cooling off time” before the Senate considers
the spending measure. NAPO will work with Senators and their staff
in a bipartisan fashion to secure funding for COPS.