Jul 06 2020
WASHINGTON—Support continues to grow for U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) bill that will restrict taxpayer funding from going to cities that allow anarchist jurisdictions. As of today, Ernst is joined in this effort by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA).
“Enough of the anarchy; law and order must be restored on our streets,” said Senator Ernst. “Local officials are letting chaos continue, and in some cases, preventing law enforcement from protecting the public. If these leaders fail to do their job and protect their citizens, the federal government – American taxpayers – aren’t going to pay for it. My colleagues know this is the right thing to do, that’s why our support is growing.”
“The rule of law cannot fade in and out with the fashions of the radical left,” said Majority Leader McConnell. “The inexplicable passivity and weakness of local leaders in our own country has denied some citizens peace and security. If left-wing politicians would rather bow to the Twitter mobs and politically-correct thought police than do their jobs, then federal taxpayers should rethink how they subsidize that kind of leadership. I’m proud to join Senator Ernst and our colleagues in introducing this legislation to ensure the mob will never be allowed to overtake our communities.”
“Anarchist jurisdictions – like sanctuary cities – encourage lawlessness and mob rule at the expense of law-abiding citizens. Cities that do not act to quell the anarchy we are seeing in places like Seattle’s CHAZ should not receive the same federal funding as cooperative cities that abide by the rule of law,” said Senator Blackburn.
“If state or local leaders allow anarchist jurisdictions – like we have seen in liberal-Seattle, Washington – then they don’t deserve a dime of federal funding until law and order is restored,” said Senator Braun.
“This bill holds our local and state officials accountable for protecting our citizens and stopping the violence and anarchy that has overtaken our communities,” said Senator Daines. “We cannot let mob rule dominate our cities. Our tax dollars should go towards restoring public safety, not enabling chaos and destruction.”
“We cannot allow our cities and communities to fall into a state of anarchy," said Senator Loeffler. “The Ending Taxpayer Funding of Anarchy Act will restrict federal funding from municipalities that foster or turn a blind eye to chaos in their jurisdictions. We owe it to the American people to stand strong with the rule of law to help keep our country safe. I applaud Senator Ernst for leading this commonsense legislation to protect the public and hold leaders accountable.”
Ernst’s Ending Taxpayer Funding of Anarchy Act would restrict federal funding for “anarchist jurisdictions,” or jurisdictions that abdicate their constitutional duty to their citizens to uphold the rule of law and provide police, fire, or emergency medical services due to non-governmental actors. The bill would restrict federal funding to these anarchist jurisdictions until they do their duty and ensure the rule of law prevails.
Representative Dan Bishop (R-NC) has a similar bill in the House. For text of Ernst’s bill, click here.
In Case You Missed It:
In case you missed it, Ernst’s efforts have been widely covered. The senator joined Jason Chaffetz on Hannity to discuss her bill to restrict federal funding to these anarchist jurisdictions until they do their duty and ensure the rule of law prevails.
On a conference call with the Des Moines Register and other media, Ernst noted that “Mayors and city leaders are letting this chaos and anarchy continue in their streets, and in some cases preventing law enforcement from doing their job. That’s not the America I know or fought for."
WHO Radio covered the bill: “City and state governments that allow autonomous zones such as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest in Seattle would lose federal funding under Ernst’s plan."
FoxNews.com also wrote about Ernst’s bill: “We would strip away the federal funding that goes to those cities…So we think it is the right thing to do. We certainly don’t want to enable those areas. If they truly want to be autonomous, then they can exist on their own."