Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday known as out a Senate Democrat for blocking passage of a pair of payments supposed to supply colleges with further funding for security and psychological well being providers.
The Texas Republican, in a press release, questioned how Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., might oppose the Securing Our Faculties Act and the Defend Our Kids’s Faculties Act.
The Securing Our Faculties Act, drafted by Cruz and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., goals to assist colleges with safety assets by investing “$15 billion at school security personnel, $10 billion to rent 15,000 psychological well being professionals, improve the bodily safety of colleges by grants, and triple [the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s] Nonprofit Safety Grant Program to assist safe colleges,” the Cruz assertion stated.
The Defend Our Kids Act would have allowed colleges to “use unspent, beforehand appropriated federal COVID-19 education-related funding to enhance college safety,” based on the press launch.
“This invoice could be probably the most critical, probably the most important, probably the most main funding at school safety Congress has ever enacted,” Cruz defined on the Senate flooring.
Murphy objected to Cruz’s Safe Our Faculties Act, however didn’t clarify why. Cruz known as him out for placing partisanship earlier than options, saying:
What we simply noticed reveals that the Democrats have one goal when a mass homicide occurs, and that’s to remove the Second Modification rights of law-abiding residents. That’s at all times, at all times, at all times their resolution.
By no means thoughts that it doesn’t work. … If one other lunatic assaults a faculty, and there’s not a police officer on the entrance door to cease it, keep in mind proper now. Keep in mind this second, when the Democrats stated, “No, we won’t defend our youngsters.”
Cruz has made earlier efforts to maintain colleges protected whereas defending Second Modification rights. In 2013, an modification Cruz co-sponsored with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (retooled in 2021 because the Defending Communities and Preserving the Second Modification Act) would have additional bolstered the background-check system to maintain weapons away from criminals and added many protections of the gun rights for peculiar residents, however Democrats blocked it.
Cruz and Barrasso made one other effort in June with the Protected Children, Protected Faculties, Protected Communities Act, however that was blocked by Senate Democrats then, too.
Cruz tweeted that the blocking of the Securing Our Faculties Act was “totally shameful” and that the invoice would have “doubled the variety of cops in colleges to guard our youngsters.”
Murphy’s workplace didn’t reply to The Each day Sign’s request for remark.
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