Fighting back: Lawmakers propose that cities refusing to stop anarchy don’t get federal money

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Washington DC –Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst and more than two dozen Republican law makers have recently urged that taxpayer funds should not be going toward any areas in which the local and state leaders have not stopped rioters from taking over areas of their jurisdictions. 

The plea refers to those areas that protesters and rioters have referred to as “autonomous zones”, and any destruction anarchist groups, which have risen to power after the murder of George Floyd, have caused. 

In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, they write that they:

“urge you to exercise your authority to ensure taxpayer dollars are not used to promote anarchy.  In recent weeks, mobs hijacked peaceful protests and vandalized cities, and State and local officials enabled and encouraged them.  One egregious product of this encouragement of chaos are so-call ‘autonomous zones.’  These anarchist zones are incompatible with the American commitment to its citizens that is a nation based on laws.  Most concerning, various city officials have used their platforms and taxpayer dollars to promote their existence, facilitate their expansion and clean up the destruction. In Seattle, where an ‘autonomous zone’ persisted for weeks and was only stopped after a string of shootings and murders, local officials’ abysmal judgment has a budgetary effect, as the city wrestles with a $300 million revenue shortfall. Law abiding citizens should not have to pay for their abdication of responsibility. We ask that you scrutinize any future federal funding that flows to such lawless jurisdictions. The federal government must ensure judicious and lawful use of taxpayer funds. With this responsibility in mind, we ask you to investigate and report the amount of taxpayer dollars local officials used to, encourage, sustain, bolster, supply or repair the damage in these anarchist ‘autonomous zones.’”

Ernst, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked that any federal funding to those areas which have allowed or failed to stop any type of rioting, be restricted in receiving any type of federal funding. 

She also requested that an investigation be started to determine how much tax payer money was spend by the state and local leaders to encourage or incite any illegal treasonous activity. 

She stated:

“In FY2019, the federal government provided the top 20 most populous U.S. cities over $88 billion in taxpayer dollars.  That money comes from the people and should have been spent to protect them, not put them in harm’s way. The most fundamental duty of these cities is to provide security for law-abiding citizens. Instead, we have seen businesses destroyed and lives senselessly taken. Thank you for your time, and we look forward to your leadership in ensuring transparency for tax-payer dollars used to enable anarchy.” 

This letter was signed by 29 other members of Congress, including Senators Steve Daines, Thom Tillis, Tom Cotton, and Representatives Dan Bishop and Louie Gohmert.

The Ending Taxpayer Funding of Anarchy Act calls for state and local leaders that have “abdicated the reserved power of the state.”  This also includes allowing other people, civilians, to continue any acts which could be construed as lawlessness.

Ernst says in a statement:

  “Anarchy cannot continue on our streets.  If city officials or state leaders fail to do their job and protect their citizens, the federal government – American tax payers – aren’t going to pay for it.” 

If the bill presented becomes law, then any person or organization that is deemed in violation, would have any and all federal funding reduced or eliminated for the fiscal year of 2021, and every year that follows.

  The bill also calls on any federal funding that go to any non-compliant entity be forced to be returned immediately to the federal government so that the cities and states that adhere to the law will profit. 

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Law Enforcement Today recently brought you a story about MN Governor Tim Walz being denied federal funding. 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN– The federal government has denied a request from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz for federal funds to help rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest following the death of George Floyd. 

Due to the extensive damage done to public infrastructure, on June 2nd, in a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Governor Walz asked President Trump to declare a “major disaster.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Walz’s spokesman, Teddy Tschann, confirmed that the request for federal aid had been denied, saying the governor is disappointed in the decision:

“The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support.”

A preliminary assessment of the damage found more than $16 million worth of damages directly related to the fires that had been set during the protests.

According to Walz’s office, looting, fires, and vandalism damaged nearly 1,500 businesses and among the various public structures destroyed was a Minneapolis police station, which was a focus of the protests.

The federal funds would have been used to reimburse local governments for repairs and debris removal. 

In his disaster aid request, Governor Walz wrote that the current estimate of the total damage exceeds $500 million.  Reportedly, this is the second most destructive civil unrest incident in the United States history, after the 1992 riots in Los Angeles.

In a statement from the governor’s spokesman, Tschann said:

“As we navigate one of the most difficult periods on our state’s history, we look for support form our federal government to help us get through.”

Many small businesses and grocery stores, pharmacies, and post offices were damaged during the unrest. These businesses were ransacked, losing thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise and many were looted repeatedly over consecutive nights. Other property, like gas stations, restaurants, and even parked cars were set on fire, with much of it completely destroyed.

Already on the ropes from months of lost revenue during a global pandemic, some of these businesses may never reopen as others are still temporarily closed or indefinitely closed. 

On Thursday, Republican Minnesota U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer sent a letter to Trump in response to Walz’s aid request asking for a:

“…thorough and concurrent review of the state’s response to the unrest so that every governor, mayor, and local official can learn from our experiences and prevent such a situation from happening again.”

Prior to being denied the federal aid, Walz wrote in a statement:

“We’re asking our federal partners to step up and help our communities recover. We need to come together to ensure Minnesotans who were victims of this destruction have access to critical infrastructure they need so they can go to the grocery store, pick up their medication, and live their lives. Together, we will rebuild.”

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan reiterated:

“We are committed to helping our communities rebuild, but we can’t do this on our own. While state, tribal, and local budgets are stretched thin by COVID-19, we need everyone to step up, including the federal government, to restore safety and critical infrastructure to our communities.”

Click here to read the letter that was sent to FEMA by Governor Walz. 

 

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