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THE PRESIDENT'S ECONOMIC PLAN:
CONTROLLING VIOLENT CRIME
The President proposes to expand his vigorous fight against
violent crime, providing a $6.7 billion increase a year by 2002 for
grants to States and localities; more resources for Federal
investigations, prosecutions, and imprisonment; and more support for
the Federal Judiciary to try and convict violent offenders. The
President would spend $7.5 billion more in 2002 than House Republicans
and $200 million more than Senate Republicans.
The President proposes to fully fund the Violent Crime Reduction
Trust Fund (VCRTF), providing the full $30.2 billion authorized by the
VCRTF from 1995-2000. In addition, for 2001-02 the President would
add $8.5 billion, bringing total VCRTF funding to $38.7 billion for
House Republicans would cut programs authorized by the VCRTF
The President's proposal for the VCRTF would finance:
100,000 cops for State and local police forces, fulfilling a
major promise of the President and adding almost 20 percent to
State and local police forces;
reimbursements to States which have paid to incarcerate
criminal illegal aliens; and
State and local grants to:
bring new prison cells into service;
confront the problems of violence against women; and
finance "drug courts" which provide cost-effective ways to
deal with first-time, non-violent drug offenders.
The President would provide an increase of $1.7 billion by 2002
for Justice Department crime fighting programs, including heightened
border enforcement, increased FBI and DEA funding to address drug
abuse, street crime, and terrorism; and increased resources for the
Federal Prison System for new prisons and costs tied to a growing
population of violent criminals.
Republicans would not provide specific increases for these
The President would increase funding by $500 million a year by
2002 for the Federal court system to adjudicate violent criminal
Republicans would not provide any increases for the Federal
The President would terminate several unnecessary or redundant
programs, such as the State Justice Institute, the Administrative
Conference of the U.S., and the U.S. Parole Commission.