The moment during the president’s State of the Union address was a significant display of unity in a divided Congress.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday drew bipartisan applause — including from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — for his calls to fund the police in his State of the Union address.
“We should all agree: The answer is not to defund the police. It’s to fund the police,” Biden said to strong applause, with cameras showing McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise clapping and giving him a standing ovation. “Fund them. Fund them. Fund them with resources and training.”
Biden touted funding from the American Rescue Plan — the pandemic relief package passed under his watch — that local governments can use to bolster police forces. Biden’s push against “defunding the police” echoes the recent stance of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who last month said that the slogan is “dead” and not Democrats’ position.