Nehls Introduces BLUE Act To Discourage Local Police Services From Funding



Washington, DC — Congressman Troy E. Nehls (R-TX-22) introduced BLUE (Blocking Lawlessness from Undermining Enforcement) to prevent local and state governments that funded their police services from using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) grant programs to fill gaps in their depleted law enforcement budgets.

NHTSA grants are used for a variety of road safety activities, including developing safety plans and safety priorities, implementing initiatives to reduce unsafe driving, and providing sub-grants. to the police for traffic control activities. These grants are important for keeping drivers safe on the road and should not be used to bail out far-left city council programs.

Despite skyrocketing crime rates, liberal cities have chosen partisan politics over the safety of their citizens by depriving law enforcement agencies of their funding. Congressman Nehls’ bill would close a potential loophole that could allow a jurisdiction that funded its police force to continue funding law enforcement activities with these vital NHTSA dollars.

“What started as a rallying cry from the left has turned into real-world policies that have left police departments with limited capacity to carry out their duties,” said Congressman Nehls. “Liberal cities have done politics with lives. Today, these cities are paying the price for rising crime. Radical local leaders should NOT be bailed out for their folly in exploiting federal grants. “

US Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced complementary legislation to the US Senate.

“Federal police grants should go to cities that genuinely need the help, not to bail out city councils that put their citizens at risk to show their liberal purity,” Dr. Cassidy said.

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