‘Democrats just voted to defund the police,’ says House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

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House Democrats are making good on their threats to deprive Americans from protection by police, and by extension from law and order.

As reported by The Daily Wire, they passed a controversial police reform bill late on March 3 that would effectively “defund the police” by costing police departments across the country hundreds of millions of dollars, forcing those departments to make major cuts to their budgets.

Predictably, as was the case with Obamacare and other Democratic power grabs, there was bipartisan opposition to the bill and only partisan Democrat support for it, not including the always pro-Democrat media.

The measure was initially passed with 219 Democrat votes and 1 Republican vote with 210 Republicans opposing and 2 Democrats opposing. However, the one Republican who voted in favor of it, Rep. Lance Gooden (TX), announced that he had accidentally voted for the bill and that he had the official record changed to voting against it.

“Democrats just voted to defund the police,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced in a statement. “The unfunded mandates in their bill, H.R. 1280, would cost police departments hundreds of millions of dollars—the equivalent of taking 3,000 cops or more off the streets. Our men and women in uniform deserve better.”

Jason Smith (R-MO), Ranking Member on the Budget Committee, and Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Congressional Budget Office Director Phillip Swagel highlighting their concerns with the bill.


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