Support Funding for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program

The Justice For All Act (P.L. 108-405) expanded the use of DNA technology to convict the guilty and free the innocent. Included in this law was the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program, named for a courageous rape survivor whose assailant was identified
through DNA evidence. This program helps to reduce and eliminate the backlog of unprocessed DNA evidence in state and local labs across the nation. In 2014, Congress again showed its overwhelming bipartisan support for this initiative by passing the Debbie
Smith Reauthorization Act (P.L. 113-182), which extends this program through 2019. And this year, the SAFER Act was reauthorized, which amends the Debbie Smith Act to provide local law enforcement with resources to audit and report back on their backlogs.

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Help Law Enforcement Combat Organized and Violent Crime & Promote Officer Safety

            We invite you to join us in sending a letter requesting that funding be maintained for regional information sharing activities, such as the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) – a program established by Congress more than 40 years ago
as a nationwide resource for law enforcement to share criminal and intelligence information.  We are asking that funding for regional information sharing activities be restored to the FY2011 funding level of $45 million in the FY 2019 Commerce, Justice, and
Science Appropriations Act.  This funding level was supported by a majority of House members for FY2013 (H.R. 5326, Roll Call Vote #210). 

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Support A Critical Flood Risk Reduction and Public Safety Program

Please join us in a letter to appropriators requesting $79 million for the National Levee Safety Initiative (NLSI). This program creates levee safety guidelines, a national levee inventory, a levee rehabilitation and repair program; provides assistance to
states for establishing participating safety programs; and promotes community education and awareness about levees.

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Support Funding for the Coastal and Ocean Data System

We invite you to sign the attached letter urging the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee to provide $6.5 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Coastal and Ocean Data System (CODS) in FY 2019, an increase of $500,000 above the House-Passed
FY2018 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

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Support Funding for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program

The Justice For All Act (P.L. 108-405) expanded the use of DNA technology to convict the guilty and free the innocent. Included in this law was the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program, named for a courageous rape survivor whose assailant was identified
through DNA evidence. This program helps to reduce and eliminate the backlog of unprocessed DNA evidence in state and local labs across the nation. In 2014, Congress again showed its overwhelming bipartisan support for this initiative by passing the Debbie
Smith Reauthorization Act (P.L. 113-182), which extends this program through 2019. And this year, the SAFER Act was reauthorized, which amends the Debbie Smith Act to provide local law enforcement with resources to audit and report back on their backlogs.

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