The House late Wednesday evening adopted a proposal offered by Rep. Dave ReichertDavid ReichertUS businesses can start applying for tariff reductions on scarce products House lawmakers call on Obama administration to oppose Iran joining global trade body Ryan: Pacific deal can't be fixed in time for lame-duck vote MORE (R-Wash.) that would prevent cuts to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program in fiscal 2015.
The COPS program is an office within the Justice Department that provides grants to police departments around the country. Members gave voice vote approval to Reichert's amendment to the fiscal 2015 appropriations bill funding the Justice Department, Commerce Department and science programs.
"We cannot protect this nation without adequate funding for law enforcement," Reichert said. "This program is vital."
"We certainly couldn't take it and accept a 61 percent cut for the fiscal year," said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.).
Rep. Frank WolfFrank WolfBottom Line 10 most expensive House races Benghazi Report and Hillary: What it means for Philadelphia MORE (R-Va.), the chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee, agreed that the COPS program should be spared from cuts but warned against slashing funds from the Census Bureau.
"I think Mr. Reichert makes a very, very powerful case," Wolf said. But, he cautioned, "there will be some pain, we are going to have to work this thing out."