On Friday, President Biden joined state and local officials from across the country to discuss how the Biden-Harris administration is getting local law enforcement the resources they need to help keep communities safe. This funding was made possible by the American Rescue Plan, which every single congressional Republican voted against. The president also used the meeting to urge local leaders to make more investments in public safety.
President Biden announced that $10 billion in American Rescue Plan funds have already been committed toward public safety – including at least $6.5 billion in state and local funds committed by more than half of states and more than 300 communities across the country. Along with ongoing state and local support from the Justice Department, American Rescue Plan investments made 2021 among the largest single-year commitments of federal resources for state and local law enforcement and public safety on record.
Here’s a look at what voters in the states are reading about President Biden’s commitment to public safety:
- In Michigan: The Detroit News: Duggan, Detroit police chief to visit White House to discuss police funding
- In Florida: WTSP: Tampa’s mayor and police chief meet with President Biden at the White House
- In Florida: Tampa Bay Times: Biden to meet with Tampa’s mayor, police chief on Friday
- In Florida: Local 10: Biden urges local leaders to boost public safety spending
- In Texas: Houston Chronicle: Houston Police Chief Finner, Mayor Turner to visit White House on Friday
- In Texas: KTSM: Biden announces $10B from American Rescue Plan for public safety, crime prevention
- In Pennsylvania: 6 Action News: Biden to announce $10 billion from American Rescue Plan for policing, public safety
- In Missouri: KMBC: Kansas City mayor says city is getting federal grant to help fight crime
- In Missouri: The Kansas City Star: KC mayor, interim police chief head to White House as Biden urges public safety spending
- In Louisiana: The Advocate: Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul to meet with Biden in D.C. to talk crime prevention
- In Virginia: WTVR: Biden to encourage cities to use federal funds for policing
- In Indiana: WISHTV: Local police agencies urged to use federal police dollars
- In Indiana: CI Proud (WMBD): Peoria granted $47M in relief funding, $5.2 M going to public safety
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