Reverend AL’s Interview With Barack, The Kid President, Medal Of Valor & West Wing Week


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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West Wing Week: 02/22/13 or “A Single Sacred Word: Citizen”

 

Published on Feb 21, 2013

This week, the President visited his old neighborhood in Chicago, conferred one of the nation’s highest civilian honors, met with the President of Italy, and continued to urge Republicans to close tax loopholes for the wealthy to prevent dangerous across-the-board budget cuts that are slated to take effect on March 1st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Obama sends Kid President a Message

 

Published on Feb 21, 2013

Kid President was asked by the White House to make a video for their historic Easter Egg Roll! We’ll let you discover who makes a cameo. But, spoiler alert: It’s President Obama! You can enter the White House Easter Egg Roll Lottery here: http://www.rec.gov But, act fast! Lottery runs from February 21st – 25th, at 10am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vice President Biden Hosts Medal of Valor Ceremony

 

Published on Feb 20, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden hosts a Medal of Valor ceremony with Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House. The Medal of Valor is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm. February 20, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev Al Sharpton’s Interview with President Obama (Feb 21, 2013) (Audio Only)

 

Published on Feb 21, 2013

Reverend Al Sharpton’s Interview with President Barack Obama on his nationally syndicated Radio Show “Keepin it Real” 2/21/2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Word From BarackObama.Com And Organizing For Action


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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These cuts are not smart

 

By Alex on February 19, 2013

 

 

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President Obama is urging Congress to avoid self-imposed, brutal spending cuts before March 1st and focus on making America a magnet for good, middle-class jobs. Share this graphic so your friends know what’s at stake.

 

 

 

 

They deserve a vote

 

By Alex on February 14, 2013

 

 

Find out how you can help make sure that Congress acts to reduce gun violence and protect our kids

 

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Reducing gun violence and protecting our kids

 

By Alex on February 12, 2013

 

 

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(Audio) Stephanie Cutter on gun violence prevention

 

 

 

 

 

Organizing for Action

 

Statement of Purpose

Organizing for Action is a nonprofit organization established to support President Obama in achieving enactment of the national agenda Americans voted for on Election Day 2012. OFA will advocate for these policies throughout the country and will mobilize citizens of all parties and diverse points to speak out for speedy passage and effective implementation of this program, including gun control, sensible environmental policies to address climate change and immigration reform. In addition, OFA will encourage the formation of chapters that will be dedicated at the grassroots level to this program, but also committed to identifying and working progressive change on a range of issues at the state and local level. In carrying its work, OFA will operate as a “social welfare” organization within the meaning of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

 

Vice President Biden Honors Public Safety Officers with Medal of Valor

 

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By   Colleen Curtis  February 20, 2013  The White House Blog

 

 

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Vice President Joe Biden congratulates Officer Reeshemah Taylor of the Osceola County Corrections Department after presenting her with the Medal of Valor, during a Medal of Valor ceremony with Attorney General Eric Holder, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House, Feb., 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden today recognized 18 public safety officers for exhibiting exceptional courage in a Medal of Valor ceremony at the White House. The Medal of Valor is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, and it is bestowed on those whose heroic actions were above and beyond the call of duty.

 

The Vice President, who was joined by Attorney General Eric Holder, highlighted the bravery of the men and women who were being honored, and paid tribute to the spouses of the recipients who had lost their lives in the line of duty. He also talked about the special qualities that are unique to those who put themselves in danger to save others:

My association with firefighters and police has been… the essence of my public life. And as many of these things that I do, I still grapple with what makes you do what you do? I’m just thankful that you do.

You can’t explain it, but you know it when you see it. I see it in the shield over someone’s heart. I see it in the men and women who are sitting here before us today…Thank God for you. You’re from different backgrounds, but you’re the glue that literally binds communities together at times of stress. You’re that face that shows up for a woman on the second floor of a burning building just when she thinks it’s all over for her… The amazing thing about all of you is that the very things you do when you’re on duty to save people’s lives, you do when you’re off duty. There’s no separation.

 

 

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17 Democrats, Afraid Of The N.R.A., Vote Against AG Holder. Contempt Citation Passes 255 – 67


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

Today was historic in many ways, and will go down in history for two historic actions in Washington. First, The United States Supreme Court decided that the Affordable Health Care Act (ObamaCares) was indeed constitutional and will stand, as signed into law by President Barack Hussein Obama, in it’s entirety. Second, The House Of Representatives, voted 255 to 67 to cite Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The first time in United States history an AG has been held in contempt of Congress.

 

There were 17 punk ass wimpy Democrats who crossed the party lines to join TeaTardedRepubliCANTS and vote against their fellow Democrat AG Holder. The N.R.A. (National Racist of America) sent out letters to members of Congress that they would be watching and recording whom voted with AG Holder. They further threatened that come election day, they would take action against those who didn’t vote for a contempt citation.

 

The NRA urged House members to vote for contempt, contending the administration wanted to use Operation Fast and Furious to win gun controlmeasures. Democrats who normally support the NRA but who vote against the contempt citations would lose any 100 percent ratings from the group.

 

That could affect whether they get endorsements from the powerful organization, particularly if Republican opponents surface who are strong NRA backers.

 

In the end, 17 Democrats voted yes. They included some of the most endangered incumbents, among them Representatives Larry Kissell of North Carolina, Ben Chandler of Kentucky, and Kathy Hochul of New York. Representative Joe Donnelly of Indiana, who is running for the Senate, also voted yes. The gun group Gun Owners of America released a letter this week specifically demanding a yes from Mr. Donnelly.

 

Washington D. C. – The House of Representatives on Thursday voted to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt for failing to disclose internal Justice Department documents in response to a subpoena. It was the first time in American history that Congress has imposed that sanction on a sitting member of a president’s cabinet.

 

 

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. talked to reporters in New Orleans after the House contempt vote.

 

 

The vote – 255 to 67, with one member voting present – followed an acrimonious and politically charged debate. Many Democrats walked out of the chamber in protest without voting, accusing Republicans of railroading the motion so they could inflict political damage on the Obama administration during an election year.

 

The politically and constitutionally charged dispute centers on whether the Justice Department must turn over e-mails and memorandums showing its internal deliberations last year as officials grappled with a Congressional investigation about the botched Arizona-based gunrunning investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious. President Obama has invoked executive privilege to block the subpoena.

 

In early jostling on Thursday, Republicans repeatedly invoked the death of Brian Terry, a Border Patrol agent killed in a shootout in December 2010. Two guns that had been purchased by a suspect in the gunrunning case the previous January were found near the scene.

 

“These contempt charges aren’t about politics,” said Representative Rich Nugent, Republican of Florida. “They aren’t about Attorney General Holder or President Obama or anything else but this: A man died serving his country and we have a right to know what the federal government’s hand was in that. It’s clear this country somehow played a role in his death. We need to root it out, find the cause, and make sure this never, ever happens again.”

 

Democrats dismissed the effort as an election-year witch hunt. They said previously disclosed documents and testimony had established that Fast and Furious was the work of Arizona-based law enforcement officials who were frustrated by the difficulty of bringing low-level gun cases, and they contended that Republicans were seeking to embarrass Mr. Holder for political reasons.

 

With Republicans in the majority in the House, there was little doubt that the final vote would be to cite Mr. Holder for contempt, as well as to authorize a lawsuit asking a judge to order the Justice Department to turn over the documents.

 

The only question was how many Democrats representing conservative-leaning districts would cross party lines to join in citing Mr. Holder. The National Rifle Association was pressuring them to do so, announcing that it would score the vote in its report card on how lawmakers approached Second Amendment gun rights.

 

In the end, 17 Democrats voted yes. They included some of the most endangered incumbents, among them Representatives Larry Kissell of North Carolina, Ben Chandler of Kentucky, and Kathy Hochul of New York. Representative Joe Donnelly of Indiana, who is running for the Senate, also voted yes. The gun group Gun Owners of America released a letter this week specifically demanding a yes from Mr. Donnelly.

 

The walkout echoed one by many Republicans in 2008, when the House, led by Democrats then, cited two Bush administration officials for contempt in a dispute over information related to a mass firing of United States attorneys.

 

“We’re going to make it clear we’re disappointed with the process and the superficiality with which this matter has been dealt with,” Steny H. Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland, the House minority whip, said Thursday.

 

A citation for contempt of Congress carries symbolic weight, but its practical impact is limited because the executive branch controls prosecution decisions.

 

In the 2008 case, when the parties’ positions were reversed, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey wrote a letter to Nancy Pelosi, then the House speaker, saying that prosecutors would not convene a grand jury or charge the two officials who were cited, because Mr. Bush had invoked executive privilege over the information Congress had subpoenaed.

 

The Obama Justice Department has been preparing a similarly worded letter to the current House speaker, John A. Boehner, according to officials familiar with the internal discussions. Because the contempt citation was leveled against Mr. Holder, it appeared that the letter would be signed by the deputy attorney general, James Cole, and would be sent either late Thursday or on Friday, the officials said.

 

“What Republicans are doing with this motion today is contemptible,” Ms. Pelosi said. “Even for them, it’s contemptible.”

 

Fast and Furious was an investigation by Phoenix-based agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives into a gun-smuggling network that recruited low-level “straw buyers” – people without criminal records who could lawfully purchase weapons – to buy guns, which were then funneled to a Mexican drug cartel.

 

The investigation, which ran from late 2009 to early 2011, is controversial because investigators, frustrated at the difficulty of bringing cases against suspected straw buyers, are said to have used the risky tactic of “gunwalking,” meaning they sometimes failed to swiftly interdict weapons and arrest low-level suspects because they were trying to build a bigger case.

 

The suspects under scrutiny ended up purchasing about 2,000 guns, most of which are presumed to have reached drug gangs. In December 2010, two weapons that had been purchased by one of the suspected straw buyers for the network were found at the site of a shootout in which Mr. Terry was killed.

 

Information has since emerged that the Phoenix division of the A.T.F. had a dispute with Arizona-based federal prosecutors over how much evidence was necessary to bring charges in straw-purchasing cases, and that the division had used similar tactics in at least three other investigations late in the Bush administration – though none of those lost track of as many weapons as Fast and Furious.

 

Mr. Holder, a recurring target for Republicans, is associated with some of the administration’s most liberal policies on matters like gay rights, civilian trials in terrorism cases and the enforcement of civil rights laws. He has also opposed state voter photo identification requirements.

 

At a raucous rules committee meeting on Wednesday, Representative Darrell Issa, the California Republican who is leading the investigation as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said that “during the inception and the participation through the death of Brian Terry, we have no evidence nor do we currently have strong suspicions” that Mr. Holder knew of or authorized the tactics used in the investigation.

 

Still, Mr. Issa said, he wanted to know more about whether other Justice Department officials knew or should have known about them. The contempt citation focuses on internal e-mails and memos from February to December 2011, after the operation in Arizona ended and as department officials in Washington were struggling with the Congressional investigation into it.

 

The Obama administration has declined to release the documents, invoking a form of executive privilege that protects agency deliberations from disclosure in order to preserve the candor of internal executive branch discussions.

 

There is little Supreme Court precedent to guide how far that form of the privilege, which is considered to be weaker than a form that protects communications involving the president and the White House, extends in response to a Congressional subpoena.

 

Despite Mr. Obama’s assertion of executive privilege, the Justice Department has offered to give Congress several hundred of the disputed documents if Republicans scrap the contempt recommendation. The White House on Tuesday allowed Republican staff members to scan about a dozen of them, which it portrayed as a representative sample. But the two sides failed to reach a deal.

 

 

 

Statement by White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer on Today’s Contempt Vote in the U.S. House of Representatives

At the beginning of this year, Republicans announced one of their top priorities was to investigate the Administration and to ensure that President Obama was a one-term President. Despite the major economic challenges facing the country, they talked openly about devoting taxpayer-funded, Congressional oversight resources to political purposes.

 

The problem of gunwalking was a field-driven tactic that dated back to the George W. Bush Administration, and it was this Administration’s Attorney General who ended it. Attorney General Holder has said repeatedly that fighting criminal activity along the Southwest Border – including the illegal trafficking of guns to Mexico has been is a top priority of the Department. Eric Holder has been an excellent Attorney General and just yesterday the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee acknowledged that he had no evidence – or even the suspicion – that the Attorney General knew of the misguided tactics used in this operation.

 

Yet, Republicans pushed for political theater rather than legitimate Congressional oversight. Over the past fourteen months, the Justice Department accommodated Congressional investigators, producing 7,600 pages of documents, and testifying at eleven Congressional hearings. In an act of good faith, this week the Administration made an additional offer which would have resulted in the Committee getting unprecedented access to documents dispelling any notion of an intent to mislead. But unfortunately, a politically-motivated agenda prevailed and instead of engaging with the President in efforts to create jobs and grow the economy, today we saw the House of Representatives perform a transparently political stunt.

 

 

More on this contempt vote:

GOP lawmakers cast Holder as an obstructionist in the probe of a botched operation that contributed to the death of a border patrol agent; Holder and White House officials said they have provided thousands of documents, and denounced the vote as pure politics.

 

Speaking to reporters while on a trip to New Orleans, Holder called the vote a “regrettable culmination of what became a misguided — and politically motivated — investigation during an election year.” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer described it as “a transparently political stunt.”

 

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who initiated the contempt action as the leader of the House investigation into the federal gun trafficking operation, said the vote was “not the outcome I had sought.”

 

“It could have been avoided had Attorney General Holder actually produced the subpoenaed documents he said he would provide,” Issa said. “Claims by the Justice Department that it has fully cooperated with this investigation fall at odds with its conduct.”

 

Holder is the first sitting attorney general to be held in contempt of Congress.

 

The House vote came after a walkout by about 100 Democratic lawmakers who refused to vote, including the 42-member Congressional Black Caucus.

 

“The Republican leadership has articulated no legislative purpose for pursuing this course of action,” said a letter from the caucus to colleagues. “For these reasons, we cannot and will not participate in a vote to hold the attorney general in contempt.”

 

The House voted largely along partisan lines to hold the attorney general in both criminal and civil contempt.

 

The criminal citation will sent on to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia — who works for Holder.

 

The civil contempt allows the House to sue Holder in court in an attempt to get the documents in question.

 

Seventeen Democrats voted with Republicans in favor of contempt; just two Republicans voted in opposition.

 

In scheduling the vote, House Republican leaders criticized Holder for declining to release documents related to the botched gun-trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

 

“We’d really rather have the attorney general and the president work with us to get to the bottom of a very serious issue,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “Unfortunately, they’re not willing to show the American people the truth about what happened. It’s an unfortunate place where we are.”

 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. called the vote a “misuse of power, an abuse of power.”

 

Pelosi said the Republicans are trying to intimidate Holder and the Justice Department over some of its actions, including lawsuits against states that have passed voter ID laws.

 

“It is the wrong thing to do,” Pelosi said. “After him (Holder), who’s next?”

 

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who has assisted the House investigation of the botched gun trafficking operation at the heart of the contempt vote, said the Justice Department is has been proven to be unreliable.

 

“The only way to try to get an accurate, complete account of what happened is to obtain every possible record and account of the facts,” Grassley said.

 

The vote took place on a momentous day, just hours after the Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health care law.

 

Republicans say they want to know more about what went wrong with Fast and Furious, which allowed hundreds of firearms purchased at U.S. gun stores to stream into Mexico as part of a failed attempt to track weapons to Mexican drug cartel leaders. Two of the weapons traced to the operation were found at the scene of the shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

 

Holder himself has kept a low profile in recent days, although he did show up last night at the annual White House congressional picnic — an event that included some of the House Republicans who will be voting on him today.

 

In his comments today, Holder said Republicans “have focused on politics over public safety.”

 

He added: “Instead of trying to correct the problems that led to a series of flawed law enforcement operations — and instead of helping us find ways to better protect the brave law enforcement officers, like Agent Brian Terry, who keep us safe – they have led us to this unnecessary and unwarranted outcome.”

 

 

The 17 traitors who voted YES to contempt:

The Eric Holder contempt vote – 255 to 67, with one member voting present.

House Speaker and current House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, along with 107 of her Democratic colleagues walked out the House chamber in protest. That left 82 Democrats in the chamber, of whom 65 voted “no” on holding Holder in contempt of Congress, and 17 conservative Democrats voting “yes.”

The roster of Democratic shame (asterisks denote members of Blue Dog coalition):

Jason Altmire (PA-04, lost primary in PA-12) *
John Barrow (GA-12) *
Dan Boren (OK-02, retiring) *
Leonard Boswell (IA-03) *
Ben Chandler (KY-06) *
Mark Critz (PA-12)
Joe Donnelly (IN-02, running for IN-Sen) *
Kathy Hochul (NY-26)
Ron Kind (WI-03)
Larry Kissell (NC-08) *
Jim Matheson (UT-02, running in UT-04) *
Mike McIntyre (NC-07) *
Bill Owens (NY-23, running in NY-21)
Collin Peterson (MN-07) *
Nick Rahall (WV-03)
Mike Ross (AR-04, retiring) *
Tim Walz (MN-01)

 

In my UNhumble opinion, the Democratic Party would have been better served if the 108 Democrats who walked out, would have done what we Americans elected them to do…..stay on the House floor and VOTE. What exactly was accomplished by walking out in protest? Americans, especially myself, did NOT vote to elect officials who tuck tail and run when shit gets tough.

 

NO. Your 108 votes would not have swung the outcome but the final count would have sent a stronger message than no vote at all. Is everybody in Washington’s Houses of Congress stupid?

 

The 42-member Congressional Black Caucus had said before the vote that its members would walk out and refrain from voting.

 

“Contempt power should be used sparingly, carefully and only in the most egregious situations,” a letter from the caucus to House members said. “TheRepublican leadership has articulated no legislative purpose for pursuing this course of action. For these reasons, we cannot and will not participate in a vote to hold the attorney general in contempt.”

 

Members of the Hispanic, Asian Pacific American and progressive caucuses said they also would not vote.

 

Utter stupidity.

 

The contempt of Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder could put one of his own employees in the awkward position of dragging his boss in front of a grand jury, but experts doubt it will happen.

Typically, such a finding by the legislative branch prompts the local U.S. Attorney to move the case forward as a criminal matter. But it is unclear if that duty is required or left to the discretion of the federal prosecutor, and no attorney general has ever been held in contempt before by the full House.

 

That puts U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen in uncharted territory, according to Roger Pilon, vice president for legal studies at the Cato Institute, a Washington-based libertarian think tank. Does he have a choice about whether to put Holder before a grand jury, and if he chooses to, can his boss — Eric Holder — overrule him?

 

“[Machen] is obviously under the Department of Justice, therefore it’s a discretionary matter,” said Pilon. “And if Holder wants to exercise his discretion, he can do so and face the political wrath.”

 

Under the statute governing contempt of Congress findings, it is the “duty” of the U.S. Attorney “to bring the matter before the grand jury for its action,” according to “Congress’ Contempt Power: A Sketch,” a 2008 Congressional Research Service report on the issue. But since prosecutors, who serve in the executive branch, don’t take their orders from the legislative branch, “it remains unclear” whether this “duty” of the U.S. Attorney is mandatory or discretionary,” the report continues. That jibes with previous findings that also upheld prosecutorial discretion.

 

New York University Law professor Stephen Gillers said the discretion of federal prosecutors is protected by the separation of powers, and notes Ted Olsen, legal counsel to the Reagan Justice Department, concluded as much in a 1984 paper.

 

“If the U.S. Attorney believes the assertion of executive privilege is well-taken — meaning he thinks that there is no contempt because Holder had a privilege not to comply with the subpoena — he has no duty to present the matter to the grand jury,” Gillers said.

 

But Congress is not completely out of options. It could move to appoint a special prosecutor or it could seek to enforce its subpoena through an action in civil contempt — a measure the House also approved Thursday. That would leave it up to a court to determine whether the invocation of executive privilege was valid.

 

Louis Fisher, the scholar in residence at the nonprofit Constitution Project, said he doesn’t expect Holder to get involved in the process, saying it would appear “too cozy, too contrived” and politically risky.

 

“Politically and legally, it doesn’t look attractive,” Fisher told FoxNews.com. “Obviously Holder’s been under pressure for more than a year, but I think there will be an argument by the Justice Department that anytime a president authorizes something, that whomever follows the president’s orders cannot be prosecuted.”

 

 

See why this fiasco of a vote was stupid? It can legally go nowhere.

 

 

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A.G. Eric Holder Creates The Jobs Congress Can Not. While Held In Contempt!!


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While a Congress that was voted into office in “NO”vember of 2010 specifically to create jobs, does jack shit, The Attorney General, which that same do nothing Congress is attempting to hold a contempt of Congress vote against on Thursday, is creating JOBS!

 

 

 

Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the COPS Hiring Program Announcement
Philadelphia ~ Monday, June 25, 2012

Thank you, Barney – and good afternoon, every one.   Today I’m pleased to be here in Philadelphia, and proud to join with so many critical partners – including Mayor Nutter, Commissioner Ramsey, Congressman Fattah, and Senator Casey – as we announce the recipients of the Fiscal Year 2012 COPS Hiring Program grant awards.

 

These critical investments represent the Justice Department’s latest effort to support – and help strengthen – our nation’s law enforcement community.   And they reflect our understanding that – in this time of growing demands and limited budgets – the work of police departments nationwide has never been more important, or more difficult.

 

That’s why today’s Department of Justice – and the entire Obama Administration – are committed to making sure that our law enforcement partners have the tool, resources, and capabilities that they need – and deserve.   As part of this commitment, I am pleased to announce that more than 220 cities and counties, including the City of Philadelphia, will receive grant awards totaling over $111 million from the Department of Justice through the 2012 COPS Hiring Program. These grants will save or create jobs for approximately 800 law enforcement officers in cities and counties from Cumberland, Maine, to New Orleans, Louisiana, to Chicago, Illinois; from Tacoma, Washington, to Toledo, Ohio, to Summersville, West Virginia.

 

In total, nearly 200 law enforcement officers will be saved from lay-offs.  And more than 600 new law enforcement officers will be hired.  Importantly, this year, each of these new hires will be military veterans who have served at least 180 days in our armed forces since September 11, 2001.

 

This means that – thanks to the 2012 COPS Hiring Program and this Administration’s commitment to providing our veterans with meaningful employment opportunities – more than 600 women and men who have courageously defended our liberty abroad will have the opportunity to continue serving our country here at home – as local and state law enforcement officers.

 

It is especially fitting to speak of liberty here in Philadelphia, which – to help build on this city’s model community policing efforts – will be receiving more than $3 million to hire 25 military veterans to serve as law enforcement officers.   I’m also pleased to report that an additional $5.2 million will be awarded to your neighbors in Pittsburgh, Chester, and Aliquippa – and across the river in Trenton.

 

These awards are coming at a critical time. Last year, thousands of officers were laid off – and, due to budget shortfalls, thousands of positions could not be filled. In total, 85 percent of all law enforcement agencies reported cuts.   However, despite these difficult circumstances, hard-working public servants – like those here in Philadelphia – have found ways to accomplish more with less; to stretch every precious taxpayer dollar; to make meaningful, measurable progress in improving public safety; and to prove the power of community policing methods. With this year’s COPS grant, this work will be expanded and strengthened. And, as a result, a range of priority efforts – especially those aimed at protecting our children and young people from violence and other threats – will be taken to a new level.

 

This year’s incorporation of military veteran is an especially exciting – and promising – step forward.   Communities nationwide will benefit from the experience and expertise that these veterans will bring to their new roles in law enforcement.   And those who courageously serve our country overseas will know that their fellow citizens – and leaders across this Administration – are committed to taking care of them when they return home.

 

We look forward to welcoming these new additions to our nation’s law enforcement community – and to building on the partnerships, and record of success, that we’ve established here in Philadelphia and beyond.

 

Again, I want to thank Mayor Nutter for his hospitality.   We look forward to continuing to work with you and Commissioner Ramsey – and with your colleagues and counterparts across the country – to strengthen our communities and support those who keep us safe.

 

 

Mmmmmmmmmmmm……who is in contempt now do nothing Congress?

 

 

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