UPDATED 4:40 PM PT — Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Members of the progressive Democrat group “The Squad” have proposed their own bill to defund the police. Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley announced “The Breathe Act” Tuesday with other Black Lives Matter activists and called it a new version of public safety.
The bill outlines a “time bound” plan to dismantle policing and incarceration. It aims to do so by slashing police funds, which will be reallocated for health, education and environmental housing plans.
It would also divert funds to community and social programs.
The proposal also seeks to eliminate certain federal programs, which have been used to fund immigration enforcement and send surplus military equipment to local law enforcement.
“The Breathe Act outlines a vision that truly defends black lives,” stated Professor Marc Lamont Hill. “It invests in communities where black and marginalized communities can thrive, where they can be free, where they can breathe.”
The bill has not yet been formally introduced, but the progressive proposal is likely to face GOP opposition.