FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2007
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON DECISION BY COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE (CJS) APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR SENATOR BARBARA A. MIKULSKI (D-MD) TO REMOVE TIAHRT AMENDMENT FROM KEY CONGRESSIONAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL
"I want to commend Senator Mikulski for her decision to remove the Tiahrt Amendment from the appropriations bill in the key Senate subcommittee that she chairs. This language, slipped into an appropriations bill year after year, protects criminals and hurts cops by limiting law enforcement's access to crucial gun trace data. The FBI's crime report, released just this week, shows that crime across the country has increased for a second year in a row. We can't wait any longer to give our police officers the crime-fighting tools they need to do their jobs. On behalf of over 225 Mayors who have joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, I want to thank Senator Mikulski for her leadership, and I urge her colleagues in the House of Representatives to follow her example and stand up to protect our police officers and the public."
Stu Loeser/Jason Post (212) 788-2958