Today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent the following dear colleague letter to Senate Democrats alerting Senators that he will introduce a resolution the week of April 17th repudiating former President Trump’s unjustified call to cut funding for the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
April 11, 2023
When we return to session the week of April 17th, I will offer a Senate resolution rejecting the former President’s call to “defund” the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Donald Trump’s call for defunding federal law enforcement agencies is a baseless, self-serving broadside against the men and women who keep our nation safe. The good work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice sends criminals to prison for bank robbery, sex trafficking, child pornography, hate crimes, terrorism, fraud, and so much more. The former President and his allies in Congress must not subjugate justice and public safety because of their own personal grievances.
Senators from across the political spectrum and of both political parties should denounce such attempts by the former President and his allies to degrade public trust in our federal law enforcement agencies. The Senate must recommit that the United States is a nation of laws. As free people, we rely on the necessary and professional work of our federal law enforcement agencies to promote the safety and general welfare of our country.
S. Res. [XXX] is simple. It shall state the Senate—
(1) recognizes and appreciates the dedication and devotion demonstrated by the men and women of Federal law enforcement agencies who keep the communities of the United States and the United States safe;
(2) condemns calls to “defund” the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation; and
(3) rejects partisan attempts by former President Donald J. Trump and his allies to degrade public trust in Federal law enforcement agencies for attempted political or legal benefit.
Charles E. Schumer