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107th Congress Report
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
1st Session 107-167
REQUESTING THAT THE PRESIDENT FOCUS APPROPRIATE ATTENTION ON THE ISSUES
OF NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME PREVENTION, COMMUNITY POLICING, AND REDUCTION OF
July 26, 2001.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be
Mr. Sensenbrenner, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the
R E P O R T
[To accompany H. Res. 193]
The Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the
resolution (H. Res. 193) requesting that the President focus
appropriate attention on the issues of neighborhood crime
prevention, community policing, and reduction of school crime
by delivering speeches, convening meetings, and directing his
Administration to make reducing crime an important priority,
and for other purposes, having considered the same, reports
favorably thereon without amendment and recommends that the
resolution be agreed to.
Purpose and Summary.............................................. 1
Background and Need for the Legislation.......................... 2
Committee Consideration.......................................... 2
Vote of the Committee............................................ 2
Committee Oversight Findings..................................... 2
Performance Goals and Objectives................................. 3
New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures........................ 3
Committee Cost Estimate.......................................... 3
Constitutional Authority Statement............................... 3
Section-by-Section Analysis and Discussion....................... 3
Markup Transcript................................................ 4
Purpose and Summary
H. Res. 193 expresses the sense of the House of
Representatives that the President focus attention on the
issues of neighborhood crime prevention, community policing,
and reduction of school crime by delivering speeches, convening
meetings, and directing his Administration to make reducing
crime and important priority, specifically by issuing a
proclamation calling on the people of the United States to
conduct appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs to
demonstrate support for ``National Night Out''. Furthermore, H.
Res. 193 demonstrates that Congress supports the goals and
ideas of ``National Night Out''.
Background and Need for the Legislation
H. Res. 193 supports National Night Out, a nationally
coordinated community event which attempts to combat crime
elements through education, planning, and outreach. National
Night Out began in 1984, with 400 communities and 2.5 million
people involved. This figure expanded yearly, reaching over
9,500 communities and 32 million people in 1999.
National Night Out provides information, educational
materials, and technical assistance for the development of
year-long community-police partnerships that can reduce crime,
violence, and substance abuse at the community level.
Coordinated by local law enforcement and trained volunteers,
National Night Out events are designed to engage neighborhoods
in local crime and drug-abuse prevention activities through a
multitude of local events, such as block parties, cookouts,
parades, contests, youth events, and seminars. In addition, as
part of National Night Out, individuals participate in Project
365, a program that includes the cleanup of local parks, the
removal and prevention of graffiti, the establishment of
domestic violence and homeless prevention initiatives, and an
increase in the number of Neighborhood Watch groups and crime
prevention programming in multifamily housing areas. Through
these activities, National Night Out generates community
support for crime and drug-abuse prevention activities, as well
as a high level of community participation. This opportunity
helps to establish a much needed relationship among
neighborhood residents and local law enforcement personnel.
No hearings were held on H. Res. 193.
On July 24, 2001, the Committee met in open session and
ordered favorably reported the resolution H. Res. 193 without
amendment by voice vote, a quorum being present.
Vote of the Committee
No recorded votes were held on H. Res. 193.
Committee Oversight Findings
In compliance with clause 3(c)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules
of the House of Representatives, the Committee reports that the
findings and recommendations of the Committee, based on
oversight activities under clause 2(b)(1) of rule X of the
Rules of the House of Representatives, are incorporated in the
descriptive portions of this report.
Performance Goals and Objectives
H. Res. 193 does not authorize funding. Therefore, clause
3(c) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives
New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures
Clause 3(c)(2) of House rule XIII is inapplicable because
this legislation does not provide new budgetary authority or
increased tax expenditures.
Committee Cost Estimate
In compliance with clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules
of the House of Representatives, the Committee believes that
the resolution will have no cost for the current fiscal year.
Constitutional Authority Statement
Pursuant to clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the
House of Representatives, the Committee finds the authority for
this resolution in article I, section 8, clause 18 of the
Section-by-Section Analysis and Discussion
The first preambular clause provides that neighborhood
crime is of continuing concern to the American people.
The second preambular clause provides that the fight
against neighborhood crime requires people to work together in
cooperation with law enforcement officials.
The third preambular clause provides that neighborhood
crime watch organizations are effective at promoting awareness
about, and the participation of volunteers in, crime prevention
activities at the local level.
The fourth preambular clause provides that crime watch
groups can contribute to the Nation's war on drugs by helping
to prevent their communities from becoming markets for drug
The fifth preambular clause provides that crime and
violence in schools is of continuing concern to the American
people due to the recent high-profile incidents that have
resulted in fatalities at several schools across the United
The sixth preambular clause provides that community-based
programs involving law enforcement, school administrators,
teachers, parents, and local communities work effectively to
reduce school violence and crime.
The seventh preambular clause provides that citizens across
the United States will soon take part in ``National Night
Out,'' a unique crime prevention event which will demonstrate
the importance and effectiveness of community participation in
crime prevention efforts by having people spend the period from
7 to 10 p.m. on August 7, 2001, with their neighbors in front
of their homes with the lights on.
The eighth preambular clause provides that schools that
turn their lights on from 7 to 10 p.m. on August 7, 2001, will
send a positive message to the participants of ``National Night
Out'' and show their commitment to reduce crime and violence in
The resolved clause provides that it is the sense of the
House of Representatives that the House of Representatives
supports the goals and ideas of ``National Night
requests that the President-
Lissue a proclamation calling on the people of
the United States to conduct appropriate ceremonies,
activities, and programs to demonstrate support for
``National Night Out'' and
Lfocus appropriate attention on the issues of
neighborhood crime prevention, community policing, and
reduction of school crime by delivering speeches,
convening meetings, and directing his Administration to
make reducing crime an important priority.
TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2001
House of Representatives,
Committee on the Judiciary,
The Committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:03 a.m., in
Room 2138, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. F. James
Sensenbrenner, Jr. (Chairman of the Committee) presiding.
Chairman Sensenbrenner. The Committee will be in order. A
working quorum is present.
The Chair now moves to strike the last word.
Last week, Mr. Stupak of Michigan and Mr. Weldon of
Pennsylvania introduced a resolution requesting the President
focus appropriate attention on the issues of neighborhood crime
prevention and support the National Night Out effort. In the
past, the Committee has simply discharged itself, and then it
has come up in the House.
As the Members of the Committee know, I've been pretty
insistent that the regular order be followed, and I am going to
ask unanimous consent that this resolution be brought up,
notwithstanding the fact that it is not on our notice, so that
it can be put on the suspension calendar with a Committee
report next year.
So I now ask unanimous consent that, notwithstanding the
fact that H. Res. 193 is not on the meeting notice today, the
Committee proceed to consider H. Res. 193.
Mr. Scott. Mr. Chairman, reserving the right to object.
Chairman Sensenbrenner. The gentleman reserves the right to
Mr. Scott. Mr. Chairman, reserving the right to object, but
I will not object. I just want to commend the Chairman for
insisting on regular order. A lot of these things hit the floor
without any consideration at all, and I just want to express,
as the Ranking Member of the Crime Subcommittee, the fact that
you are going through regular order.
Chairman Sensenbrenner. If the gentleman will yield, had I
known about this request before the notice went out yesterday
morning, it would have been included. But I didn't, and since
the National Night Out will be past us after the August recess,
I wanted to move this.
A reservation belongs to the gentleman from Virginia.
Mr. Nadler. Reserving my right to object, I also want to
commend you for insisting on regular order. But I would simply
request that this be put off until after at least one bill so
we have a chance to read it.
Chairman Sensenbrenner. Okay. Without objection, the bill
is placed on the calendar, and it will be called up after the
Mr. Nadler. Thank you.
Chairman Sensenbrenner. Is there objection? Hearing none,
The chair would like to make an announcement relative to
the remainder of the day and seek the consent and cooperation
of the Members.
The remaining five measures on the calendar are relatively
noncontroversial, and I believe we will be able to deal with
them in 15 to 20 minutes time if everybody will restrain their
impulses to speak and put statements in the record. That way we
will not have to come back this afternoon.
As I've said previously, the bill relating to the
Vietnamese has been pulled from the calendar because it needs
So, pursuant to the order of the Committee earlier today, I
now call up the resolution H. Res. 193, requesting that the
President focus appropriate attention on the issues of
neighborhood crime prevention, et al, for purposes of markup.
[The resolution, H. Res. 193, follows:]
Chairman Sensenbrenner. Without objection, a reporting
quorum being present, the resolution is favorably reported to
the House. Hearing none, so ordered.
Without objection, the staff will be ordered to make
technical and conforming changes. All Members will be given 2
days in which to submit views. And this is not a concurrent
resolution, so going to conference is not relevant.