When Indiana GOP Talks Crime in 2022, Remember They Defund the Police


Todd Young, Congressional INGOP voted “NO” on American Rescue Plan’s $350 billion for law enforcement funding

Don’t Forget: Mike Braun called on the GOP to defund the military in 2021 

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today passed along the following backgrounder on crime for the 2022 elections. Here’s what the media need to know: Indiana Democrats supported law enforcement when it mattered most. Meanwhile, the Indiana Republican Party voted to defund law enforcement

Indiana Republicans have consistently claimed Democrats do not support first responders, including police. However, contrary to these claims, Democrats are actually “super-funding” law enforcement in Indianapolis. Democrats delivered these investments with President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which also delivered bonuses to police officers in Noblesville and life-saving equipment in Terre Haute

Despite their culture war rhetoric, every single Republican in Indiana’s Congressional delegation – including U.S. Senator Todd Young – voted “NO” on funding law enforcement. Local Republicans – like the Westfield City Council – cut funding for first responders in their annual budgets. And even U.S. Senator Mike Braun called for Republicans to defund the U.S. Military ahead of last year’s vote on the National Defense Authorization Act. 

When the Indiana GOP claim Democrats do not support law enforcement, it’s a culture war that’s not rooted with the facts. 

Indiana Republicans Voted to Defund the Police with “NO” Vote on American Rescue Plan

The Washington Post: “The Pinocchio Test

“Republicans keep trying to tag Biden with being part of the defund police movement. But that’s simply false. The flimsiness of the charge is demonstrated by the paucity of the evidence that lawmakers muster when making their hyperbolic claims.

The reality is this: Biden wants to boost federal funding to allow for the hiring of more police officers. He said that during the campaign and then fulfilled that pledge in his initial budget proposal. The president sets the policies in his administration — and he’s been entirely consistent.

Cruz and Banks earn Four Pinocchios.”

The Hill: “‘Fox News Sunday’ host Chris Wallace sparred with Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) over Banks’s vote against an emergency relief bill that would have allocated funds to police and first responders.

‘Can’t you make the argument that it’s you and the Republicans who defunded the police?’ Wallace asked Banks, who is the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.” […]

“Wallace interrupted Banks, telling him that President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which Banks voted against, would have given localities more money to hire police officers, invest in new technology and create new crime intervention programs. 

‘I’ve heard your point about the last year,’ Wallace said. ‘But you and every other Republican voted against this $350 billion.’”


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