Lincoln: Meth Fighting Resources on Way to Arkansas

NOVEMBER 14, 2005 - Posted at 3:35 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas said today that she fought to include numerous resources to fight methamphetamine in Arkansas and nationwide in an annual spending bill expected to pass Congress this week.

Funding for the country's anti-methamphetamine initiatives along with specific earmarks to help Arkansas' law enforcement agencies combat the deadly drug at the local level are included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Science, State, Justice, Commerce Appropriations Conference (SSJC) Report.

As outlined in his federal budget which was unveiled earlier this year, President Bush recommended cutting the COPS Meth Drug Hot Spots Initiative, the nation's top anti-meth program, by an estimated $30 million.  But, Lincoln says she successfully fought to restore that funding because states such as Arkansas, where the meth epidemic has strapped most local law enforcement agencies, depend on the resources to fight the deadly drug.