Sunday, February 08, 2009

BYRNE Grants Cut from Stimulus

The Federal BYRNE Grant pork barrel was chopped from the stimulus bill. WOOT!

BYRNE Grants primarily fund drug task forces.

The following items were eliminated from the stimulus altogether.

. $300 million for federal prisons

• $300 million for BYRNE Formula grant program

• $140 million for BYRNE Competitive grant program

• $10 million state and local law enforcement


Anonymous said...

Look closer at the bill. There is still over 1 billion left in for the Byrne Grants. They were reduced slightly...not eliminated.

Loretta Nall said...

I wondered if the whole program was cut or if just part of it was. Thanks for clearing that up.

Any reduction is good though.

sixstring said...

Congress has increased the Byrne grant money.

From "gritsforbreakfast" :

Below (and attached) are the summary of the final compromise bill released last night:

o $2 billion for the Byrne JAG formula grant program;

o $225 million for Byrne competitive grants (see purposes below);

o $225 million for Violence Against Women programs, of which $175 million is for the STOP grants and $50 million is for the transitional housing assistance grants program;

o $1 billion for the COPS Office for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers and civilian public safety personnel. The bill waives the 25% local match and the $75,000 per officer cap;

o $40 million for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10 million shall be for ATF’s Project Gunrunner;

o $225 million for Indian Country grants (see text below);

o $100 million to be distributed by the Office for Victims of Crime (see text below);

o $125 million for assistance to law enforcement in rural areas (see text below); and

o $50 million for Internet Crimes Against Children initiatives.

Great, just what we need, more drug task forces. WTF... even Bush wanted to eliminate these.