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House Republicans vote en masse to defund Capitol Police

House Republicans vote en masse to defund Capitol Police

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The GOP’s supposed support for “the thin blue line” — the concept that all that prevents American society from descending into chaos is the nation’s law enforcement officers — and its vociferous efforts against calls to “defund the police” were both proven today to be hypocritical political shams after 205 of the 206 House Republicans voted against funding the U.S. Capitol Police in a party-line vote.

The House of Representatives managed to pass the $4.8 billion spending bill for the legislative branch of government that included the budget for the Capitol Police by a margin of 215-207 despite the fact that only a single member of the GOP decided that it was worthwhile backing up its pro-police rhetoric with actual financial support.

Oddly, the lone dissenter from the blanket rejection of the bill by the Republican House members was neither Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) nor Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), the two GOP lawmakers on the select committee investigating the January 6th insurrection which led to the deaths of three law enforcement officers, but Representative Don Young (R-AK).

The hypocrisy of the Republican response to the funding bill was loudly condemned on social media.

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While one can be fairly certain that House Republicans will come up with a flimsy excuse blaming other factors for their vote against the funding bill, they have managed to hand their Democratic opposition a potent political tool to bury them in their own hypocrisy in the midterm elections next year.

Let’s hope that voters’ memories can last that long.

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