Thursday, September 22, 2022

TONIGHT: 3 AZ GOP Reps. Vote Against Bipartisan Bill Boosting Police Funding (ARIZONA'S POLITICAL SHORTS)

Three Republican Arizona Congressmen voted against a bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives today to boost funding for local police departments. The package will send $3B in grants over the next five years to small local and tribal agencies. It passed the House, 360-64.

Arizona Reps. Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert were among the 55 Republicans who opposed the measure. Nine Democrats voted against it, complaining that there were not enough accountability measures. Arizona Republican Debbie Lesko and the state's five Democrats supported the measure.

A review of the text of the bill shows the grants would provide for signing and retention bonuses, de-escalation training, body camera programs, and education/training for dealing with domestic violence and mental health situations.

The Senate passed a slightly different package, and the differences will have to be ironed out before sending it to President Biden's desk.

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