U.S. Reps. Tom Rice (R-SC) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) on Jan. 12 offered a bipartisan bill that would substantially increase compensation and hiring of law enforcement officers, particularly in America’s rural areas.

“The ‘defund the police’ craze has contributed to demoralized police forces and fewer good cops on our streets; it’s time to reverse course,” said Rep. Herrera Beutler, one of 10 original cosponsors of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) on the Beat Grant Program Reauthorization and Parity Act of 2022, H.R. 6375.

Rep. Rice sponsored H.R. 6375 with cosponsors who also included U.S. Reps. John Katko (R-NY), Young Kim (R-CA), and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA). The bill would appropriate nearly $1.05 billion in fiscal year 2022 for the COPS on the Beat Grant Program, which received $386 million in appropriations for FY 2021, according to a bill summary provided by the lawmakers.

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