Senate Says NO to Limiting Police Equipment

Senate Says NO to Limiting Police Equipment

(AbsoluteNews.com) – One of the ways police departments get what they need is through the 1033 program that gives departments outdated military equipment. It’s nearly three decades old and there’s support on both sides of the aisle to end it. The GOP-led Senate rejected a far-reaching Democratic amendment this week.

On July 21, an amendment to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act was killed in a 51-49 vote. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) sponsored it. Had it passed his measure would have banned police departments from receiving tracked armored vehicles, high-powered weapons, grenade launchers, drones and other equipment.

Instead of Schatz’s amendment, lawmakers voted 90-10 to adopt a narrower measure put forward by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) to prevent tracked armored vehicles, weaponized drones and other equipment from going to agencies. The senator said his colleague’s amendment went too far.

The bill will still have to be signed by President Trump.

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