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Senate bill would cut funding to cities that allow autonomous zones

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On Thursday, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst (R) introduced legislation to stop federal funding for states and cities that obstruct the rule of law by allowing autonomous zones to exist.

The Ending Taxpayer Funding of Anarchy Act targets state and local officials who have abdicated the reserved powers of the state and allowed non-governmental actors to take up those responsibilities in their stead, according to the bill text.

“Local officials are letting chaos continue in their streets, and in some cases, preventing law enforcement from protecting the public,” Ernst said. “Anarchy cannot continue on our streets. If city officials or state leaders fail to do their job and protect their citizens, the federal government and American taxpayers aren’t going to pay for it.”

Ernst, the first female combat veteran elected to the Senate, says allowing autonomous zones is not the America she knows or fought for. She says the bill is straight forward and holds local officials accountable to the people.

If the bill becomes law, any state or political subdivision found to be in violation, would have their federal funding cut for the fiscal year 2021 and each year thereafter if an anarchist jurisdiction exists within its borders.

The bill also stipulates that if any federal funds go to a non-compliant locality, the money would have to be returned and reallocated to states and cities that are following the law.

Autonomous zones have been appearing in cities across the country, most popular in Seattle, Washington where protesters seized a six-block area and named it Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ).

Ernst also recently spoke out against the destruction of monuments and statues by protesters around the country although she does support renaming military bases named after Confederate leaders.

“That is not a protest, that is vandalism,” she said. “Let’s have a real discussion, let’s sit down and work through these issues. We’re not going to find it by vandalizing statues, we’re not going to find it by inciting violence in the streets. That’s not how we will come to our solution.”

Ernst is running for reelection this year in Iowa in a race that has become closer than most expected. She became the first female elected to federal office from the state in 2014.

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    BevG June 26, 2020

    Fantastic. Better use for our Taxpayer Dollars than to aid cities and states that permit Anarchy.

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    JimmyD June 26, 2020

    Her and Carly in the Octagon

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    Edmund June 26, 2020

    Wow !!! Finally!!! U go girl!!!!!! We got rich white kids from SU
    looting here in Syracuse & trying to get the Columbus statue & thats in the name of BLM !!!!!!
    Huh??? Stealing tvs from Target is about equality????

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    Pat June 27, 2020

    I wouldn’t give any of those stars and cities funding till they do something about there citizens destroying communities and defacing and damaging property that wasn’t there’s. They didn’t even care about communities and businesses destroyed. Republicans don’t need to cover your buts let democrats.

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    nanblan June 27, 2020

    Great bill, Joni! However, we all know it will go nowhere. That’s why it’s so important that voters leave both the Senate and House in Republican hands. Obviously,, Dems will never vote for anything that supports Trump, so they should be left with no majority whatsoever.

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    Don June 27, 2020

    Why are we using federal monies to fund cities anyway? All they do is tax and spend themselves.

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    Pat June 27, 2020

    Take away funding for these reasons.
    City/State who allow rioters/thugs/non peaceful protesters
    City/State who allow defacing of property
    Schools who allow foreign students to dictate policy’s
    Schools who teach non American classes
    Schools/foundations/businesses that take China money
    Protesters/rioters/thugs/BLM take away welfare/unemployment
    Sports that allows kneeling during anthem
    Foreigners/illegals getting money to live off of Americans
    Democrats lobbyists
    Democrats businesses
    Democrats who don’t go in to work
    Democrats who encourage violence
    Anything to do with Hollywood
    And more. This would stop the crap going on. Give police more funding and let them go back to law and order.

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