ICYMI: Texas just received $32.4 million in federal funding for local police departments. Ted Cruz voted against it.
Dallas, TX — In case you missed it, the Department of Justice has announced that it would be sending $32.4 million to local Texas law enforcement agencies to help these understaffed teams hire more police officers – no thanks to Texas’ part-time senator and full-time podcaster Ted Cruz, who voted against this funding.
Police departments that will be receiving money from these federal grants include those in Amarillo, Arlington, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, and dozens more.
The funding for these grants comes from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, the bipartisan year-long funding bill passed at the end of 2022. Ted Cruz was one of fewer than 30 Senators to vote against this government funding. Congressman Colin Allred – as well as Cruz’s fellow Senator from Texas, John Cornyn – voted for it.
The list of cities where police departments will be receiving this critical federal assistance to help them hire more cops and keep our streets safe includes: Alamo, Alton, Amarillo, Arlington, Belton, Bertram, Castroville, Donna, Elsa, Forest Hill, Forney, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Hutchins, Laredo, League City, Marfa, Mission, North Richland Hills, Palacios, Pasadena, Pearsall, Pharr, Prosper, Richland, Rusk, San Antonio, San Juan, Sullivan City, Weslaco, West Orange, and Windcrest.
Allred has a long record of supporting local Texas law enforcement agencies and community safety initiatives. This summer, Allred announced $7.8 million in federal grant funding for security at Texas nonprofits and houses of worship, including mosques and synagogues across the state. After the Uvalde shooting last year, Allred helped pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which included $300 million for school safety – legislation that was endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association. And in 2021, Allred helped pass the American Rescue Plan Act, which included billions of dollars in funding for local law enforcement agencies across the country.
Ted Cruz also voted against all of these efforts.