The House late Wednesday evening adopted a proposal offered by Rep. Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertMajor GOP super PAC expands field offices to 31 districts With bills on the table, Congress must heed the call to fix our national parks 107 House Republicans express 'deep concern' about Trump tariffs 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.

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Reichert's amendment would increase the appropriation for the COPS program by $110 million, which would align it with the 2014 level. It would be offset with cuts to Census Bureau funding by the same amount.

"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 PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellHoyer’s spot as Pelosi heir challenged by younger reps McCabe firing roils Washington Dem lawmaker: Trump is vandalizing our democracy MORE (D-N.J.). 

Rep. Frank WolfFrank Rudolph WolfBolton could be the first national security chief to prioritize religious freedom House votes to mandate sexual harassment training for members and staff Trump, global religious freedom needs US ambassador to lead 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."