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Republican Police-Bashing Committee a Sham and DisgraceRepublican Police-Bashing Committee a Sham and Disgrace

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), the longtime co-chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, today bashed House Republicans’ creation of a new Select Subcommittee designed to broadcast rightwing lies and perpetuate conspiracy theories about American law enforcement.

“The enshrining of this Republicans Against Law Enforcement panel is a sham and a disgrace,” said Rep. Pascrell. “This panel has seemingly been created solely to bash our law enforcement officers. That one of Congress’s leading election deniers is slated to lead this kangaroo panel shows it will be used as another weapon to weaken the rule of law in America.”

“If House Republicans care so much about law enforcement, why have they repeatedly voted against funding our own Capitol Police heroes? Why did all four Trump budget plans try to defund various law enforcement programs at DOJ? Why did but a single Republican attend our January 6 commemoration last week to mark the sacrifice of police who saved our lives? This committee will lay bare to the world the Republican Party’s terrible hostility to policing. Democrats can and must push back at the tidal wave of lies that are sure to emanate from this shameful body.”

On September 3, 2022, Rep. Pascrell penned an op-ed in the NY Daily News entitled “Donald Trump vs. law enforcement: All the ways he’s hurt policing in America as president.” The piece outlines the several attempts by Donald Trump and House Republicans to significantly cut funding to key federal grant programs for state and local law enforcement, such as Byrne JAG and COPS.  

Pascrell has fought for years to provide federal funds for our nation’s law enforcement. He has repeatedly led efforts to fully fund the Byrne JAG program, the COPS Hiring program, and other key funding streams for state and local law enforcement. He most recently led a group of 160 Members of Congress in support of increased funding for our federal policing grants.

On November 18, 2021, Pascrell’s Protecting America’s First Responders Act (PAFRA) was signed into law by President Biden. The legislation significantly improved federal benefits for first responders and their families should injury or death occur in the line of duty.

On August 17, 2022, Pascrell’s TBI and PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act was signed into law by President Biden. The legislation authorized $270 million over five years for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP), and funded a new Pascrell pushed police training program to help law enforcement and first responders better recognize and respond to people suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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