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House committee passes Comstock-backed bill to help fund the fight against gangs

The House Judiciary Committee approved by voice vote Thursday the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act.

The bill, introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R- Va.-10th), establishes a grant program to provide resources to state and local law enforcement agencies to combat gang activity in their communities, authorizing $50 million annually for fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2020.

The bill will steer 30 percent of the $50 million to established gang task forces like the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force.

In a prepared statement, Comstock said she wanted to thank Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R) and the members of the Judiciary Committee for passing the legislation.

“The resurgence of MS-13 in Northern Virginia has led to at least eight murders over the past year tied to MS-13 and other gangs, representing a 166 percent increase over last year,” Comstock said. “The Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act will provide vital resources to established regional gang task forces like the one we have here in Northern Virginia so that these brave men and women can get MS-13 off of our streets. I look forward to the bill soon being voted on in the full House,” she added.

Jay Lanham, executive director of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, thanked Comstock for her efforts to return “much-needed funding to the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Force.”

“The growing gang problem in Northern Virginia, and throughout the country, is a serious threat and must be addressed head on,” Lanham said in a prepared statement. “But, it is not a law enforcement problem alone. Intervention/Prevention/Education programs are direly needed as well. These programs, in conjunction with enforcement activities, have proven to be very successful in the past and funding is urgently needed. We enthusiastically urge Congress to support this bill for passage,” he added.

Comments


The best MS-13 crime fighting tool is to enforce existing immigration laws. Start rounding up and deporting people illegally in the US and watch as MS13 gang issues magically decline.


Oh Dear!  What will we ever do when Ms Comstock gets voted out of office?


If we already have the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, why do we need another task force?  Why not just direct the $15m to the existing NOVA task force so they can improve it.


Has the resurgence happened coincidently at the same time frame that Comstock has been in office. 70% to intervention, education and prevention sounds like a slush fund to me. Just like Comstock’s war on lyme disease, lot of good that did, this program at the current breakdown is a never ending money pit that she is so willing to vote for without telling us how she will pay for it. Did she offer to cut any taxes somewhere, anywhere, sometime? Nope, just more federal debt that your grandchildren will be responsible for as she is willing to kick the debt down the calendar.

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