Scott Statement on Gang Violence Legislation

June 7, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 3249 the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018, which would establish a grant program that is supposed to curb gang activity:

“Once again, we were asked to vote on a crime bill that was not subject to a hearing.  We have no input from experts as to the value and effectiveness of this grant program.  In the absence of expert advice in developing this bill, I supported it because it authorizes evidence-based and data-driven intervention and prevention initiatives.  These programs are essential to reducing violent crime and include juvenile justice programs, drug and mental health treatment, and violence-reduction programs.  Part of my support for the bill was based on the fact that Chairman Goodlatte committed on the floor that these grants will not be used to target people based on race or national origin. I will monitor the implementation of this legislation to ensure those guarantees are met.”

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