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Mary Waggener


Sep 22

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House Republicans have released their platform for the 2022 election. One of the items is "Reduce Crime and Protect Public Safety."… @Rep. Jason Smith, why did you vote against the VICTIM Act today?

HR 5768 would establish a grant program to help State & local LE agencies improve their clearance rates for homicides and non-fatal shootings. Agencies can use the grant funds to train or hire additional detectives, investigators, or other police personnel that can investigate,

solve, and respond to homicides and non-fatal shootings.…

The bill was endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Police Organizations, Major County Chiefs Association, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement.

@Rep. Jason Smith, you also voted 'nay' today on HR 4118, the "Break the Cycle of Violence Act", which would provide federal grants to communities for evidence-informed community violence intervention and prevention programs designed to interrupt cycles of violence.

I'm glad to see that you voted for one bill today that will help to reduce crime! HR 6448 directs the Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services of the DOJ "to award a grant to a local or tribal government that employs fewer than 200 LEOs. Grant funds may be

used for various activities, including to purchase body cameras, provide de-escalation training, and improve recruitment and retention."…

Another public safety bill was voted on today, HR 8542, was the "Mental Health Justice Act of 2022". Since I'm not sure whether the fact that "SAMHSA may cancel grants that increase incarceration or institutionalization" could end up hurting communities, I'm not going to admonish

Rep. Smith for voting against it.…

How serious are Republicans when they say they want to reduce crime, but they vote against bills that would actually help reduce crime in communities?

Mary Waggener


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