Senator Blocks Cardin- Leahy Law Enforcement Acts
Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma blocked 2 pieces of legislation written to protect law enforcement. The first piece of legislation was authored by Senator Cardin. The National Blue Alert Act would have created a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have seriously injured or killed police officers. The nationwide alert system would be used to disseminate critical information about the suspect to law enforcement agencies, the public and the media- much in the same way Amber Alert does. The second piece of legislation authored by Senator Leahy would have reauthorized a federal grant program that helped state and local law enforcement agencies afford life saving bullet proof vests.