NEW HAVEN, CT – Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) met with police chiefs from the Third Congressional District today to discuss some of the critical issues facing law enforcement. The group focused their discussion on the budget, especially the deeply harmful, indiscriminate cuts known as sequestration. Robert Zaretsky, Regional Administrator for the General Services Administrations (GSA) was also present to talk about how GSA can help local departments save money.
“Everyone across the nation was reminded of how vital our first responders are, and how they put their lives on the line every day, after the recent tragedies in Newtown, Boston, and West, Texas. When danger happens – a terrorist attack, a shooting, a fire – they run in when others run out. They are the front lines and put their lives on the line time and again for our homes and families.
“I am committed to making sure our law enforcement officials always have the resources they need to keep our families, and themselves, safe. Our obligation to law enforcement, which should match the level of commitment they have shown to our communities, is among the most important responsibilities of government. As a Member of Congress I will continue to advocate on their behalf to ensure their needs are met.
“President Obama recently released his 2014 budget and Congress is currently debating how best to move forward on funding public safety and other critical programs. Right now, there are 50,000 fewer cops on the street than there were in 2008. Despite this, the House Majority’s focus continues to be spending cuts. Their proposed budget would make significantly deeper cuts to public safety programs, shifting more of the cost of hiring and preparing these officers to state and local budgets. But I will be fighting hard to ensure Connecticut receives the federal funding it needs.”