House Revives Bipartisan Police Funding Bill

A group of House members from both parties reintroduced significant police funding legislation on Friday, which narrowly missed becoming law in the previous Congress.

The legislation provides an opportunity for vulnerable lawmakers in both parties to distance themselves from political attacks over calls to “defund” certain law enforcement agencies from both the right and left.

The Invest to Protect Act is being reintroduced by Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), John Rutherford (R-FL), Steven Horsford (D-NV) and Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY), according to Axios. The bill would provide funds for officer safety, de-escalation and domestic violence response training to small and midsize police departments with fewer than 200 sworn officers.

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