For Immediate Release: April 10th, 2014
Julia Gill Woodward, Campaign Manager
TALLAHASSEE, FL — After spending her 10th workday on patrol with the Gretna Police Department, Gwen Graham released a statement slamming Congressman Steve Southerland’s vote today for the short-sighted Ryan budget — a budget that makes drastic cuts to grants vital to North Florida’s police departments and raises taxes on the middle class all to pay for more tax breaks for big corporations and the ultra wealthy.
“Police officers don’t serve in North Florida for the money or to wear a uniform, they do so because they believe in public service,” Graham said. “While they risk their lives every day serving our communities, Congressman Steve Southerland is safe in the Capitol, where he’s obviously forgotten whom he serves. Today, Southerland turned his back on the very police officers who protect our families.”
On her workday with the Gretna Police Department, Chief Carlos De La Cruz told Graham the federal grants Southerland voted to cut are the “lifeline” that allow North Florida’s rural police departments to survive. Southerland’s vote would cut $4.8 trillion in non-defense spending, including deep cuts to Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants — funding that’s crucial for North Florida’s police departments to hire and train officers and keep our communities safe.
“Southerland didn’t just vote for the Ryan budget, he owns it now” said Julia Gill Woodward, Graham’s campaign manager. “The incumbent congressman has yet again shown, he cares more about protecting his political party than police officers in North Florida and the communities they serve. From now until election day, we’ll remind voters that Southerland’s budget ends Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, raises taxes on the middle class, decreases funding for senior services — and hurts our police officers.”
Congressman Southerland Voted for the House Republican Budget Proposal. [H Con Res 96, Vote #177, 4/10/14]
Congressman Southerland’s Budget Cuts Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grants that help hire police officers. The Republican budget cuts $4.8 trillion in non-defense spending over the next decade. If applied proportionally, this would include significant cuts to Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants – funds that help state and local law enforcement agencies hire police officers. [CBPP, 4/03/14; 3/27/13]