House Passes Resolution Denouncing ‘Defund The Police’ Movement Despite Opposition

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning calls to “defund the police” in a bipartisan 337-61 vote on Friday. All 61 votes against the measure came from Democratic lawmakers, including every member of the far-left “Squad.”

The nonbinding resolution introduced by Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN), a former Duluth police lieutenant, expresses condolences to families of officers killed in the line of duty and recognizes the need for better data collection on assaults against law enforcement.

Stauber criticized Democrats who “vilify law enforcement” on the House floor ahead of the vote asking “Where were they during the summer of 2020?” when widespread riots ignited by the killing of George Floyd led to a surge in police deaths.

Among the Democrats who opposed the resolution were Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Cori Bush (D-MO), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Greg Casar (D-TX), Summer Lee (D-PA) and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY).

Republicans have sought to spotlight crime as a key issue in the 2024 election cycle, arguing that Democrats’ “pro-criminal agenda” has sacrificed the safety of law enforcement. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) accused “lawless liberals” of handicapping police with failed bail reform and policies that appease the “defund the police” movement.

However, some Democrats slammed the Police Week proposals as messaging bills. Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) said in a statement that the measures mislead the public about crime rates, fuel xenophobic sentiments and increase the availability of deadly weapons without making communities safer.

 

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