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30 House Dems push Pelosi to bring police funding legislation for a vote

A group of 30 House Democrats wrote a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to introduce bipartisan legislation to “pay back” voters to the police they care about rising crime.

“Members must be given the opportunity to show our voters that we are tackling crime in our communities,” the letter read. “We also ask that you meet with us next week to discuss the need to invest in law enforcement to make our communities safer from criminals.”

The letter asked Pelosi, D-Calif., to take some standalone bills and not add them to fiscal year 2023 appropriations so members can “publicly show their support for law enforcement.” .

The letter, obtained by punch bowl, called the House Judiciary Committee and said it made it clear it “does not intend” to put forward law enforcement laws, so members asked Pelosi to use her powers as speaker to bring the bills forward for a direct vote to give everyone to keep you informed.

The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler, DN.Y., has a number of progressives who are likely to be hostile to such legislation, such as Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Mondaire Jones, DN.Y. and Cori Bush, D-Mo.

Representatives Josh Gottheimer, DN.J., Katie Porter, D-Calif., Dean Phillips, D-Minn., Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and 26 others signed the letter.

The letter takes a remarkably strong stance following the ‘defund the police’ movement on the left as Democrats scramble to hold onto their seats in the upcoming midterm elections, where Republicans are expected to win the House.

A group of 30 House Democrats wrote a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to introduce bipartisan legislation to

A group of 30 House Democrats wrote a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to introduce bipartisan legislation to “pay back” police, showing voters their concern about rising crime

Representative Josh Gottheimer, DN.J.

Rep.  Katie Porter, D-Calif.

Representatives Josh Gottheimer, DN.J., Katie Porter, D-Calif., Dean Phillips, D-Minn., Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and 26 others signed the letter

Most notable of the recent crime wave has been a spate of mass shootings, most notably the school shooting last month in Uvalde, Texas, where 21 were killed.

And in a massive political uproar, the San Franciscans successfully recalled their progressive prosecutor Chesa Boudin.

The recall of Boudin, which was primarily funded by local business groups, accused the lawyer of not doing enough to protect citizens and introduce policies that would allow repeat offenders to commit crimes without fear of incarceration.

Late last year, the Democratic bastion of New York City elected Mayor Eric Adams, a former Republican who ran a brutal crime campaign.

Meanwhile, just a year and a half ago, President Biden won San Francisco by 72 points and New York by 53.

In New York City, grand theft (theft of items worth more than $1,000) is up 51 percent, petty theft is up 43 percent. Theft is up 20 percent in San Francisco from a year ago. In Chicago, that theft has increased by 66 percent.

But it’s not just major hubs where Americans feel less safe — a Gallup poll from earlier this year found that 72 percent are dissatisfied with the country’s policies to reduce crime, up from 49 percent in 2020.

Republicans were the most dissatisfied, 87 percent, but 65 percent of Democrats also expressed their dissatisfaction.

Meanwhile, five major cities — Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta and Milwaukee — are on track to surpass their already soaring homicide rates from last year.

Last year, the FBI warned that the homicide rate in the US has risen nearly 30 percent since 2020 and that overall violent crime has risen for the first time in four years.

The staggering trend in homicides has continued this year. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the homicide rate rose 24.7 percent from the same period last year.

In Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia, homicide rates are up 13.4 percent and 13.3 percent, respectively, Fox first reported.

Meanwhile, law enforcement in Baltimore, Maryland, has reported a 7.7 percent increase in homicides this year. Los Angeles closes the Charm City with a peak of 7.3 percent.

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