House passes package of bills to address policing, crime issues – JP

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All told, the bills would involve nearly $2 billion in grant programs across the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services and Labor through 2029, if appropriators decide to fund them.

However, legislation on policing has faced stiff opposition in the evenly divided Senate, which is unlikely to take up any of the House-passed measures.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and other Republicans broadly painted the bills as political messaging ahead of midterm elections in which rising crime could drag down Democrats. Since Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd in 2020 on a video that sparked protests nationwide, Jordan argued that Democrats backed efforts that undermined policing.

“It should also be no surprise that Democrats are now trying to run and hide from their radical ideas and dangerous rhetoric” on policing, Jordan said in a floor speech.

Rule vote

Thursday’s votes came after months of internal wrangling among Democrats, which nearly sunk the whole vote series. Four Democrats, including Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., voted against a rule that would allow the House to consider the bills on the floor.

Source
Las Vegas News Magazine

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