While President Biden is taking critical steps to provide cities and states with historic funding through the American Rescue Plan to make our communities safer, including local police departments and other programs to address the causes of crime and ease the burden on police, let’s not forget every single congressional Republican voted against every cent of this funding that has been used to get police officers back on the streets.
Congressional Republicans opposed every penny of this funding as part of their ultra-MAGA agenda:
NBC News: “House Republicans who opposed Covid aid still see funds flow to local police departments”
Indy Star: “Noblesville plans to give police officers and firefighters bonuses of $2,000 and other city employees $1,000 with its haul of federal coronavirus economic aid.”
NNY360: “Federal COVID-19 funding will pay to rehire Watertown police officers”
This isn’t anything new for this MAGA party – Donald Trump proposed massive cuts to critical community policing programs, which many Republicans supported:
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.’”
President Biden is using every tool at his disposal to fight violent crime and keep our communities safe:
NBC News: “Biden to urge cities to spend Covid relief money on police, crime prevention”
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