As President Biden addresses the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives in Orlando, Florida today, let’s remember that every single congressional Republican voted against the American Rescue Plan, which has provided critical funding to many of their local police departments. MAGA Republicans opposed every penny of this funding — despite claiming that they “Back the Blue.”
NBC News: “House Republicans who opposed Covid aid still see funds flow to local police departments”
Many of these same Republicans supported Trump’s budget plan that would have cut funding to the COPS Program — a program that provides funding to state and local law enforcement agencies.
Wall Street Journal: “The [Trump] administration’s 2021 budget, like all its previous budgets, recommended eliminating the Community Relations Services and Community Oriented Policing Services and placing their functions under other parts of the department to ‘improve efficiency.’”
As if that weren’t enough, GOP lawmakers are attempting to rewrite history after the January 6 Capitol riot — where U.S. Capitol Police were attacked by a violent mob incited by the “Big Lie” embraced by many MAGA Republicans.
CNN: “A Republican House member… described January 6 as a ‘normal tourist visit’”
The Washington Post: “Twenty-one House Republicans… voted against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to all police officers who responded to the Jan. 6 violent attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.”
Let’s be clear: While President Biden is taking critical steps to support our law enforcement and fight violent crime across America, MAGA Republicans have attempted to block funding for police at every turn. The GOP must answer to the American people for their hypocrisy.
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