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house Bill H.R. 2379

Should the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program be Permanently Reauthorized?

Argument in favor

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program is an important source of money to help law enforcement agencies purchase life-saving bulletproof vests. Permanently authorizing it will ensure that law enforcement agencies across the U.S. can buy necessary safety equipment for their officers.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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05/13/2019
馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎 The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎 This bill would permanently reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program at $30 million a year in FY 2020 and each year thereafter. The BVP has provided grants to local law enforcement agency to help with the purchase of bulletproof vests for more than 20 years. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program is an important source of money to help law enforcement agencies purchase life-saving bulletproof vests. Permanently authorizing it will ensure that law enforcement agencies across the U.S. can buy necessary safety equipment for their officers. SneakyPete..... 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎BVP馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎 5.13.19.....
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Thomas's Opinion
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05/14/2019
We need to protect the ones who protect us!!
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DrCindyBean's Opinion
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05/14/2019
Yes. Reauthoize the bullet proof vest partnership.
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Argument opposed

In 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the BVP program wasn鈥檛 making good use of its funds, suggesting that the program was either run inefficiently or overfunded. Independent of the BVP, there鈥檚 also evidence suggesting that having officers wear bulletproof vests may unnecessarily escalate situations and cause physical harm to the officers themselves.

burrkitty's Opinion
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05/13/2019
... in perpetuity?!? Nope nope nope. There鈥檚 not a single government program that should be funded in perpetuity. That鈥檚 asking for trouble. 5-10 years at a time? Sure. But every program needs oversight, a occasional check up, and the ability to adjust. Our bloated military budget is a good example of what can go wrong when no one bothers with oversight.
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jimK's Opinion
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05/14/2019
Permanent authorizations last a very long time- especially near the end. If you walk the halls of many mid size city governments, you'll see dark offices with doors labeled with once-in-vouge topics. Cities create these offices to permanently address some federal requirement or issue which is no longer needed. Generally these offices are pay-rolled to political friends who know there is no reason to show up- they will still get paid. Supporting our police is a very good thing to do. Permanent authorizations are an awfully long and open-ended commitment which can indirectly lead to waste and abuse. Authorizations such as these need to periodically reviewed to ensure that they are still proper, particularly since future technologies and evolving law enforcement methods may point to better programs to enable/protect them.
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Kman's Opinion
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05/14/2019
No grants should be made permanent.... evaluate annually.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedMay 23rd, 2019
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed May 16th, 2019
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed May 14th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 400 Yea / 9 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedApril 29th, 2019

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    馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎 The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎 This bill would permanently reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program at $30 million a year in FY 2020 and each year thereafter. The BVP has provided grants to local law enforcement agency to help with the purchase of bulletproof vests for more than 20 years. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program is an important source of money to help law enforcement agencies purchase life-saving bulletproof vests. Permanently authorizing it will ensure that law enforcement agencies across the U.S. can buy necessary safety equipment for their officers. SneakyPete..... 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎BVP馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎 5.13.19.....
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    ... in perpetuity?!? Nope nope nope. There鈥檚 not a single government program that should be funded in perpetuity. That鈥檚 asking for trouble. 5-10 years at a time? Sure. But every program needs oversight, a occasional check up, and the ability to adjust. Our bloated military budget is a good example of what can go wrong when no one bothers with oversight.
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    Permanent authorizations last a very long time- especially near the end. If you walk the halls of many mid size city governments, you'll see dark offices with doors labeled with once-in-vouge topics. Cities create these offices to permanently address some federal requirement or issue which is no longer needed. Generally these offices are pay-rolled to political friends who know there is no reason to show up- they will still get paid. Supporting our police is a very good thing to do. Permanent authorizations are an awfully long and open-ended commitment which can indirectly lead to waste and abuse. Authorizations such as these need to periodically reviewed to ensure that they are still proper, particularly since future technologies and evolving law enforcement methods may point to better programs to enable/protect them.
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    We need to protect the ones who protect us!!
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    No grants should be made permanent.... evaluate annually.
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    I thought the idea was for the public not to be afraid of law enforcement.
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    With the number of police officers being shot, this bill is necessary.
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    Protect our police officers! The media has created a war on our police and needs to be held accountable
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    Yes. Reauthoize the bullet proof vest partnership.
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    Those that oppose don't have a kid who's in law enforcement, obviously. The argument against is totally wrong. If a vest saves one life, it's worth it.
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    It needs to be reauthorized but should be reevaluated at regular intervals.
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    We want our police officers protected with bullet-proof vests. They are essential.
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    The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant Program is an important source of money to help law enforcement agencies purchase life-saving bulletproof vests. Permanently authorizing it will ensure that law enforcement agencies across the U.S. can buy necessary safety equipment for their officers.
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    Of course, since the Democrats insist on making excuses for criminals and coddling them, this would be money well spent!!
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    Yes, officers and other individuals in law enforcement should benefit from the protections a bulletproof vest provides.
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    only if no more militarization of our local police.
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    No, stop militarizing our police force and create a greater gap between people and enforcement forces which leads to more social and psychological problems.
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    This program literally saves lives!
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    As a former police officer, I believe this is a waste of taxpayer money. I had to purchase my own firearm that I carried on duty AND my own bulletproof vest. Pay your police officers a living wage and they won't need someone to purchase their gear.
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    Make Obama explain why he removed $14 million from the fund.
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