Tlaib, Pressley team up to unveil bill to defund police

Two high profile “squad” members in congress are teaming up with a bill to defund police and offer a host of other proposals aimed at helping the black community.

Tlaib tweeted Tuesday:

We must invest in a new vision of public safety. Today, I am proud to join the calls coming out of one of the largest movements for justice that my district and our country have ever seen to say unapologetically: I support the #BREATHEAct.

NYPost reports left-wing lawmakers on Tuesday announced federal legislation to defund police and set up reparations for people who either are black or were harmed by cops.

Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) are sponsors of the BREATHE Act, which was announced on a Zoom call. It has not yet been introduced.

“We can start to envision through this bill a new version for public safety — a new vision for public safety, one that protects and affirms black lives,” Tlaib said.

Pressley was unable to speak on the Zoom call due to technical issues and her office did not immediately issue a statement.

Tlaib and Pressley are half of the leftist “Squad” of freshman House members. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota also are members, but were not announced as bill backers.

The BREATHE Act is unlikely to pass the Democrat-held House, which approved a police reform bill in June in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.

Many Democratic leaders do not support defunding police and the recently passed bill came under fire from House conservatives for not curbing the power of police unions that shield officers from being fired.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recently said it was a “local decision” to reallocate police funds, and President Trump has decried the idea as ludicrous as it picks up steam in cities from Minneapolis to New York.

An overview of the BREATHE Act published online says it will slash federal funds to local police along with federal agencies, and spend the money on social welfare, health care, education and environmental programs.