“…guided missiles, ballistic missiles, rockets, torpedoes, bombs,
mines, or nuclear weapons…” wait…what was that?
The vote was June 19, 2014. It wasn’t too long ago that the U.S. House voted on handing civilian police forces scary surplus military stuff. It was June 19 to be exact. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida offered an amendment on the subject to a much larger bill — H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act. The Grayson Amendment would have excluded police forces from having funds for a bunch of crazy military stuff like we saw in Ferguson, Mo. But only 62 members of the House voted in support of Grayson’s Amendment. And only EIGHT Black Caucus members. Look at the roll call here.
The 8 in the CBC who voted to cut the funding for crazy military stuff in the hands of civilian police forces were: Reps. John Conyers, Donna Edwards, Keith Ellison, Hank Johnson, Barbara Lee, John Lewis, Bobby Scott and Maxine Waters.
If you need to understand exactly what was being handed to civilian police forces, look at the text from the bill as recorded in the Congressional Record. It really shows that, at times, members don’t carefully read what they are about to vote on.
At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:
Sec._. None of the funds made available by this Act may be
used to transfer aircraft (including unmanned aerial
vehicles), armored vehicles, grenade launchers, silencers,
toxicological agents (including chemical agents, biological
agents, and associated equipment), launch vehicles, guided
missiles, ballistic missiles, rockets, torpedoes, bombs,
mines, or nuclear weapons (as identified for demilitarization
purposes outlined in Department of Defense Manual 4160.28)
through the Department of Defense Excess Personal Property
Program established pursuant to section 1033 of Public Law
104-201, the `National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal