Today, Congressman Smith (WA-09) voted in support of the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which includes funding for several critical law enforcement, public safety and justice assistance projects in the 9th District.

"These funds are important to ensure that our local law enforcement officials and crime prevention agencies have the resources and support they need to keep our communities safe," said Congressman Adam Smith. "These funds will support critical local programs that prevent drug abuse, crime, and violence and aid victims and affected communities."

Smith helped secure funding in the House bill for a number of local programs including:

  • $150,000 – Valley Cities Public Safety Wireless Regional Broadband Network. This funding will be used to construct a fiber and wireless broadband network to streamline communications throughout the Valley Cities including Auburn, Renton, Kent, Tukwila, Algona, and Pacific.
  • $200,000 – Lacy Records Management System. This funding will be used to purchase hardware and software components for a new records management system to be used by law enforcement agencies in Thurston County.
  • $1,500,000 – Washington State Meth Initiative. This funding will be used to continue investigations of clandestine meth labs, treatment programs for those addicted to methamphetamine, and mobilize education and prevention efforts.
  • $400,000 – Puyallup Justice Center. This funding will be used to purchase security and communications equipment for the Puyallup Tribe's detention center.
  • $500,000 – Pierce County Regional Gang Prevention (Safe Streets). This funding will be used to continue efforts for prevention and intervention entities to reach out to youth and families impacted by gangs.

The Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill is one of 12 annual bipartisan appropriations bills that funds vital Federal Government programs and services. This particular appropriations bill makes investments in law enforcement, science, innovation and other essential government priorities. For a full summary of the CJS bill visit the House Appropriations Committee.

The bill must now be approved by the Senate before it can be sent to the President to be signed in to law.