House Overturns Committee, Restores COPS Budget


A close U.S. House of Representatives vote to restore $280 million for the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program indicated some second thoughts among Republicans about the depth and direction of the reductions demanded by conservatives and tea party supporters on the right, reports Politico.

Some 70 Republicans joined 158 Democrats on a 228-203 vote yesterday that restored the funds for COPS, a favorite initiative of Vice President Biden. And given the power of the firefighter lobby, as many as 132 Republicans backed an amendment by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) to restore $510 million for Homeland Security grants for first-responders.

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