House forced to delay police defunding bill due to Democratic splits

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House Democrats were forced Wednesday to delay legislation increasing funding for state and local police departments, amid pushback from progressives demanding more accountability measures for law enforcement.

The House was to vote on a series of bills creating new federal grants for communities to hire more police officers, implement violence intervention programs and invest in mental health resources.

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Although seemingly uncontroversial, the legislation has divided House Democrats.

Moderates wanted it passed quickly to stem GOP attacks that the Democrats were the party funding the police. Progressives and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, meanwhile, have expressed reservations about giving more money without accountability measures in place to prevent police brutality.

“We need to make sure that there are strong accountability provisions and that we’re actually providing public safety for everyone,” said Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee tagging on the Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Forced Arbitration Act of 2021 and other laws in the Rayburn Building Tuesday, November 17, 2021.
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With Democrats wielding only tight control over the chamber, the opposition was enough to keep the package from moving forward. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, told lawmakers in a letter that police funding bills would be revisited when lawmakers return in August to vote on a government spending bill. left.

“We are grateful to all of our members for promoting our shared values ​​reflected in specific legislation that we can all support,” Pelosi wrote.

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Lawmakers involved in the talks say the extra time will allow for a deal that is acceptable to both progressives and moderate Democrats. However, not everyone believes this can be done.

“They don’t want to do anything for the police,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., when asked if he thought progressives could be appeased to support more defunding of the police.

The delay comes a day after former President Trump delivered remarks in Washington, DC, castigating Democrats as the party of crime and disorder.

Former President Trump, second from right, commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by visiting the NYPD's 17th Police Station in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Jill Colvin)

Former President Trump, second from right, commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by visiting the NYPD’s 17th Police Station in New York, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Jill Colvin)
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“Many of our once great cities, from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, where the middle class flocked to live the American dream, are now war zones — literal war zones,” Trump told AFP. America First Policy Institute. “We live in such a different country for one main reason: there is no respect for law and order anymore.”

“Our country is now a cesspool of crime,” Trump added.

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Crime is increasingly an issue Republicans are using to contrast Democrats. Though few in the latter party have embraced calls to “defund the police,” the problem is still one Democrats must grapple with, much to their chagrin.

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Demonstrators hold a sign that reads ‘Defund the police’ during a protest against the death of black man Daniel Prude after police put a balaclava on his head during an arrest on March 23, in Rochester, New York, USA, September 6. 2020.
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“The idea that any of our frontline members or members of the House Democratic Caucus support defunding the police is just part of the big lie that extreme MAGA Republicans keep telling about everything,” a said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, DN.Y.

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