DEBATE ON SCOTT AMENDMENT NO. 12, TO COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2020

June 19, 2019
Floor Statements

Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Madam Chairwoman, I rise in support of this amendment. It is a straightforward amendment transferring $13 million from the Federal Prisoner Detention account to support local delinquency prevention grants authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

   Last Congress, I was honored to work with my colleague, the gentlewoman from North Carolina, then chair, now Ranking Member Virginia Foxx, to reauthorize JJDPA, and it passed without opposition and was signed by the President last year.

   Included in that bill was an overhaul of title V of the act which authorizes grants for local delinquency prevention. That overhaul included provisions of the Youth PROMISE Act which I first introduced in 2007.

   The Youth PROMISE Act model is based on what we all know, and that is, that evidence-based prevention and intervention programs can stop young people from heading down the wrong path and instead, keep them on the right track, usually saving more money in the long run than the programs cost. I reserve the balance of my time.