Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is seeking to allocate $50 billion from the Biden administration spending package to state and local law enforcement, according to Breitbart News.
The outlet obtained the Fund the Police Act introduced by Cotton on Tuesday which is only attempting to divert unspent funding from Biden’s American Rescue Plan to establish a “Law Enforcement Support Trust Fund” at the Department of Justice.
Additionally, Cotton hopes to give $1 billion each to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, known as Byrne JAG grants, and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office grants.
The DOJ law enforcement trust created by Cotton’s legislation would offer supplemented funds of up to $500 million to go toward Byrne JAG and COPS grant programs, according to Breitbart.
“Democrats are eager to rewrite history and hide their advocacy for ‘defunding the police,’ but creating a bailout slush fund and funding law enforcement are not the same thing,” Cotton said in a statement.
“My bill will immediately fund two federal grant programs to support police officers and establish a trust to maintain these grants for decades to come.”
Cotton’s bill is likely considered to be justifiable, especially in Democrat-run cities that have seen an increase in crime.
New York City has seen a striking 99 percent increase in gun arrests in June over the same time last year, and grand larceny increased 32 percent while robberies saw a 16 percent increase.
Despite a progressive push for alternative means of curbing crime, such as social work and more funding for social programs, conservatives have consistently leaned o the idea that behavior depends on it’s consequences and more law enforcement equals more laws being obeyed.