Mast Backs Nehls's Bipartisan Police Funding Bill

Mast Backs Nehls's Bipartisan Police Funding Bill

Funding the Police

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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December 2, 2021

As the more Progressive faction of the House Democratic Caucus continues to press for “defund police” legislation, Republicans like Texas Rep. Troy Nehls and Brian Mast are doing the exact opposite and are looking to fund police.

Rep. Mast has recently backed  Rep. Nehl's, "The Public Safety Enhancement Act of 2021," which is a bipartisan measure to fund and increase law enforcement officers across the nation.

Rep. Mast has always been a strong supporter of law enforcement and even made supporting police one of his priorities and issues.

"Among my top priorities in Congress are keeping our community safe, healthy and strong. Critical to this goal is supporting our local law enforcement and providing local community organizations with the support they need to fight crime, prevent domestic terrorism, combat the opioid epidemic, help those struggling with mental illness, reduce gun violence, stop domestic violence and more," stated Mast on his campaign website. Our police officers selflessly put their life on the line every day to ensure the safety of their neighbors. We must present a united front in support of police officers and help mend the public trust. Together, we can tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our community."

During a sit-down interview with Rep. Nehls in his legislative office in Washington, D.C., Rep Nehls said he would not have voted for the 1994 then-Senator Joe Biden-supported “bad bill” because of all the “anti-2nd Amendment” that was included in the bill when it passed.

“I would have voted NO on this bill…but I agree with Article 1,” said Rep. Nehls, adding that  his bill would only “reauthorized the funding to add 100.000 cops for the next 5 years.”

Nehls, continued, saying that “There is a lot of anti-Police rhetoric out there, and as a former lawman, I’m all about supporting the men and women in blue” before posing the question, “Why wouldn’t they (Democrats) support it?”

In an official written statement  from Nehls’s press office, the freshman congressman expressed that the “rule of law” was at the very “cornerstone of our country.”

“Crime has ravaged our streets for far too long and it has compromised the safety of Americans,” said Congressman Nehls. “Rule of law is the cornerstone of our country, without it we fail to have a country. It has never been more important to enforce and enhance public safety. Our nation’s law enforcement departments are currently struggling amid a national crisis. They face an unprecedented rise in violent crime and a severe problem recruiting and hiring qualified police officers and deputies. This bill would reverse this troubling and ongoing trend and secure our streets.”

Many communities are seeing alarming increases in violent crime and drug overdose deaths. According to the FBI, overall violent crime was up 5.6% in 2020. The overall murder rate in the U.S. has increased by nearly 30%, the largest increase in over a century. In the 12-month period ending in April, over 100,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. The bill would attempt to address the recent crime surge we are seeing in communities across America.

The bill was filed to address the dramatic increase in crime across the nation, including 30% jump in murders, and the rise (5.6%) in other violent crimes.

Some 78% of Americans agree that the crime rate in America is out of control.

Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar (D) is currently the only Democrat to sign on the police funding bill.

The bill has received original cosponsors from Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Reps. Don Young (R-AK), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Brian Babin (R-TX), Ronny Jackson (R-TX), John Carter (R-TX), Brain Mast (R-TX), David Rouzer (R-TX), and Randy Weber (R-TX).

“You have the right to defend your life from an attacker and that shouldn’t change whether you’re at home, at a friend’s home, or on a stroll. It shouldn’t change whether you’re in Florida or California, or Virginia said, Rep. Gaetz.

Gaetz said that the anti-gun lobby, or “gun-hating Left” the Rittenhouse case and further their anti-gun agenda.

“It clearly backfired,” said Gaetz. The American jury system reaffirmed what most Americans believe. If someone tries to kill you or beat you or dismember you return fire and preserve your life.”

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist. Diverse New Media, Corp. publishes Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at www.brownpeople.org Email him at [email protected]

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