May 24, 2019

Permanent Reauthorization of Bulletproof Vest Grant Program Signed into Law

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement after President Trump signed the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization—which Graham shepherded through Committee and the Senate—into law.  Graham was the lead Republican on the Senate version of the legislation, which allows state and local law enforcement agencies to purchase lifesaving bulletproof vests for officers working in the field. 

“I’m very pleased that the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization has been signed into law,” said Graham. “I would also like to thank my partner on this legislation, Senator Leahy, for his leadership on this issue. Our law enforcement officers are facing greater threats to their personal safety every day. Bulletproof vests have been proven to protect officers in the field. This program plays a critical role in helping more departments across the country get access to these life-saving tools.”

Background:  

At the beginning of May, the Judiciary Committee advanced the legislation, approving an amendment Graham offered to name the program after the bill’s lead sponsor, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont).  

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