Cong. Tony Gonzales Pushes Bill to Properly Equip Law Enforcement for Future Polar Vortexes


“Our law enforcement agents deserve access to the best resources available, as they put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect our communities."
 
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Tony Gonzales (TX-23) and Ronny Jackson (TX-13) introduced the "Providing Our Law Enforcement with Adequate Resources (POLAR) for Response Act" which would add polar vortexes to the list of disaster-related emergencies when the Department of Defense (DoD) is considering law enforcement for the transfer of excess property and equipment as part of the 1033 program. This bill would make localities like San Antonio eligible to purchase equipment like all-terrain vehicles to assist in disasters like Winter Storm Uri at a significant discount. 
 
“Earlier this year, Texas faced an unprecedented winter storm, which devastated thousands of families,” said Congressman Gonzales.

“Our law enforcement agents deserve access to the best resources available, as they put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect our communities. I am proud to co-lead this bill to provide our agents with the proper equipment to keep us safe during any circumstance they may face, including polar vortexes.”
 
The 1033 program gives the Secretary of Defense authority to transfer excess DoD property to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies for law enforcement activities, including counterdrug, counterterrorism, and border security. This also includes responding to disaster-related emergencies such as hurricanes, tornados, or high water.

The POLAR Response Act would add polar vortexes to the definition of major disasters included under the 1033 program. 
 
Co-sponsors include Representatives:
 
  • Jodey Arrington (TX-19)
  • Jake Ellzey (TX-06)
  • Pat Fallon (TX-04)
  • Ronny Jackson (TX-13)
  • Troy Nehls (TX-22)
  • August Pfluger (TX-11)
  • Pete Sessions (TX-17)
  • Van Taylor (TX-03), and
  • Randy Weber (TX-14)
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