Proposed Funding Cuts to HIDTA

Warren County is part of Appalachia HIDTA, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program, which includes Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Tommy Loving, with the Bowling Green/Warren County Drug Task Force, says he's concerned the proposed cuts would hurt HIDTA's efforts to combat drugs.

The President is proposing cutting the budget in half from $228 million to $100 million.

WBKO contacted U.S. Representative Ron Lewis' office about HIDTA and it released this statement.

    "In his budget, President Bush outlined his legislative priorities and cut funding government programs deemed wasteful, outdated or duplicitous.

    Ultimately, funding continuation for all federal programs will be the decision of the Congress.

    While the President's budget reflects his priorities, Members of Congress will fight for programs that reflect the needs of our districts.

    As a strong supporter of drug enforcement, I recognize the importance of HIDTA in reducing the drug trafficking problem in Kentucky."

    - U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis

We also contacted U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning, but did not receive an official statement.

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