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Thirty House Democrats urge Speaker Pelosi to pass legislation increasing police funding

A group of 30 House Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling on her to pass legislation to increase police funding.

“There are a number of bipartisan bills supporting increased resources for police departments and officers that we believe should be considered,” the letter insists.

The letter was organized by Democratic New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.

“We continue to hear from our constituents who are extremely concerned about the rising level of crime in the country and the importance of enforcing the laws already in place,” the letter states.

Democrats, who control the White House, Congress and have governors leading many major US cities, risk losing control of the House and Senate in November as rising crime is a major concern among voters .

A member of the party’s most liberal wing has called for police departments to be “defunded” across the country amid summer 2020 social justice protests.

However, Pelosi said she doesn’t support the effort. And President Bidden, in his recent State of the Union address, called for more defunding of the police.

Those who signed the letter — including Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and Tom O’Halleran of Arizona — call on the House Judiciary Committee to take steps to fund the measures and say the panel “does not intend to present law enforcement bills”.

Among the committee members is Rep. Cori Bush, a Missouri Democrat who has backed the defund effort.

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