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September 22, 2022

Congresswoman Bourdeaux Votes to Support Local Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) voted to support local law enforcement and invest in harm reduction techniques by passing four bipartisan legislative measures, including the Invest To Protect Act, Mental Health Justice Act, Break the Cycle of Violence Act, and the VICTIM Act.

“These bills provide new levels of support for local police and many of our city public safety offices while making critical investments in harm reduction and mental health services,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. “I have been working with local law enforcement to make sure they have the tools they need to deal with complex situations, including those involving mental illness and substance abuse. These bills supplement this effort by providing resources for hiring, improved training, mental health support, and victim protection.”

H.R. 6448 – Invest To Protect Act, introduced by Rep. Gottheimer (D-NJ), would provide additional funding for small police departments. The legislation provides additional funding to departments with fewer than 125 full-time officers. Nearly all local law enforcement departments in Georgia’s 7th District are expected to be eligible for funds made available through this program.

H.R. 8542 – Mental Health Justice Act, introduced by Rep. Porter (D-CA), would create a grant program to allow localities to hire and train emergency mental health professionals. Earlier this year, Congresswoman Bourdeaux delivered $235,000 to Forsyth County to establish a Crisis Intervention Team to assist local law enforcement with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The Mental Health Justice Act will allow more police departments and localities to set up similar teams to support their communities.

H.R. 4118 – Break the Cycle of Violence Act, introduced by Rep. Horsford (D-NV), would create a federal grant program for violence intervention initiatives.

H.R. 5768 – VICTIM Act, introduced by Rep. Demings (D-FL), would provide grants to help states clear the backlog of unsolved homicides.

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.