Congresswoman Susan Davis Opposes Risky Cuts to Public Safety and Scientific Research
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) opposed irresponsible legislation in the House that includes massive cuts to investments in public safety and science.
“Sadly, the majority’s effort to divest in America’s future continues with these unnecessary cuts to programs vital to our public safety,” said Davis. “Reducing resources to community policing and federal support for body cameras for police officers is simply a risk we should not be taking. One of our top priorities as members of Congress is provide for the safety of the American people. I hope that moving forward Congress will come together in a bipartisan fashion and properly fund these critical programs.”
The Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriation Act (H.R. 2578), which funds programs that support economic growth, law enforcement, and scientific research, contains massive cuts.
It neglects the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program just when the country needs it most. It slashes funding for police body cameras by an incredible 25 percent below last year’s level. The bill also underfunds Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution efforts.
The science portion of the bill fares no better with research investments taking a hit, especially for coastal communities with cuts in oceanic and atmospheric research, and climate research.
“Scientific research and San Diego’s economy are interlinked,” said Davis. “Scientists, researchers and laboratories in San Diego use federal dollars to make the breakthroughs and discoveries that San Diego is known for. This bill sends the message that America shouldn’t be a world leader in the arena of scientific discovery.”
The CJS Appropriations Act passed the House on a near party line vote.