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Trump wants to cut law enforcement budgets.

Trump has proposed a net reduction of $515 million from the law enforcement budget for FY 2021.

Trump has proposed a net reduction of $515 million from the law enforcement budget for FY 2021.Every year the US President administration proposes the budget for the next financial year, which eventually goes through Congress, and Congress has the final word.

In the budget plan for the fiscal year 2021, the Justice Department, headed by the United States Attorney General, proposed funding to state and local law enforcement via more than 75 different programs. In FY 2020, Congress appropriated $1.89 billion through these programs. For FY 2021, the Trump administration requested $1.51 billion for these programs, a reduction of $380 million. Out of the $380 million, the $100 million of the reduction was related to the security for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and the amount would not be required in FY 2021.

Moreover, the Trump budget proposed a separate $170 million cut or a 20 percent cut in the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), which dates back to the days of President Bill Clinton.

This makes a net reduction of $515 million. Therefore, the claim that Trump wants to cut the law enforcement budgets is true.

In May 2020, Democrats in Congress passed the HEROES Act, which would provide $900 billion in aid to state and local governments. The bill, which Senate Republicans stalled, would enable states and localities to fill their budget gaps and avoid funding cuts for policing and other vital activities, reported the Vox.

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