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    Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) has already pledged to introduce a bill that would reform the 1033program, one of the major programs that send equipment from the Defense Department to U.S. law enforcement. this story from the Hill:
    Pentagon: Hagel has authority to suspend program that arms cops - By Kristina Wong - 08/19/14
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has the authority to suspend a program that sends surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

    "The secretary has the authority to rescind and take back equipment that is transferred to local law enforcement agencies if he deems fit. He has that authority," said Pentagon Rear Adm. John Kirby.

    Kirby said there had been no move towards suspending the program, but said that Hagel had asked officials to provide him with more information. He stressed that the Pentagon has not yet launched a formal review.
    "The secretary has been mindful of the public debate and discussion about this issue and asked his staff this morning for some additional information about the program," said Kirby. "He has been given an information paper that provides some more detail to it, and he's consuming that now."
    President Obama said Monday that he also wanted to take a closer look at the program.

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has also said he would review the program when the upper chamber takes up the defense authorization bill.

    Kirby said the program had been suspended in the past for some states that had lost track of military equipment. The equipment supplied to local law enforcement agencies under the Pentagon's 1033 program eventually is returned to the department and needs to be accounted for.

    Do both maybe. A two pronged approach; Rep. Hank Johnson's Bill and from the Pentagon itself.

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