Sen. Chuck Grassley blasts Democrats for supporting 'Defund the Police' movement

In his latest speech on the Senate floor, the Iowa Republican discussed ballot initiatives in two major cities concerning police budgets.

Updated: October 25, 2021 - 11:03pm

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Sen. Chuck Grassley blasted Democrats on Monday for supporting various efforts to "Defund the Police."

In his latest speech on the Senate floor, the Iowa Republican discussed the latest ballot initiatives in two major cities concerning police budgets.

Grassley pointed out that "Question 2" in Minneapolis will remove the city's police department and replace it with a "Department of Public Safety." 

"The American voters have news for the people who got this initiative on the ballot in Minneapolis," Grassley said. "Police officers are absolutely necessary there – and they’re necessary in every other community as well."

Grassley also discussed how voters in Austin, Texas, are attempting to restore their city's police budget that was slashed last year by the Austin City Council.

If passed on Nov. 2, "Proposition A" would require Austin city officials to drastically increase the ranks of its police force by ensuring there was at least one police officer for every 1,000 residents.

Despite the proposal in Austin, Grassley noted that "liberal Dark Money groups have pumped half a million dollars into defeating" the proposition.

Grassley concluded his speech by warning voters what can happen if police departments are defunded.

"If Minneapolis and Austin let their police forces wither on the vine, voters all across the nation and all across the political spectrum will send a very clear message to the hard left in the next election. Voters everywhere should stand up and say no,” he said.