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House Democrats appear at odds over a bipartisan measure introduced earlier this year that would provide investments in local police departments across America to ensure officers have the resources needed to keep them and their communities safe.
Led by New Jersey Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer and Florida Republican Rep. John Rutherford, the Invest to Protect Act would provide small police departments with several investments in safety, de-escalation and domestic violence response training. The bill would also provide investments in body cameras, mental health resources and recruiting efforts.
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The House Problem Solvers Caucus and several organizations that offer support for law enforcement, including the National Fraternal Order of Police and the National Association of Police Organizations, endorse the measure. It has not been scheduled for a vote in the House.
Speaking to TmZ Blog Digital, Gottheimer said the measure is “all about investing in local law enforcement for departments that are 200 or fewer” and would help departments struggling to afford equipment, training and other resources.
“I believe it’s critically important we invest in law enforcement, we get their backs just like they get ours everyday and we make sure we enforce the laws on the books and protect our communities,” Gottheimer said.
Asked whether he believes Democratic leadership has stalled the bill’s advancement over fear of how progressive Democrats would respond, Gottheimer reiterated the bipartisan energy behind the legislation. He said talk about defunding police departments among progressives “makes no sense” to him.
“I’d leave it to my leadership to comment on the reasons why they haven’t brought this to the floor yet,” Gottheimer said. “We wanna get common-sense work done. You’ve got Democrats and Republicans who want action. There’s absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t bring this to the floor. It will pass. Our country will be safer for it.
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