President Joe Biden on Friday will push cities to hire more cops and fund crime prevention programs amid a surge in violence across the U.S.
He also will brag about the $10 billion from the American Rescue Plan being used to prop up communities when he meets with mayors, police chiefs and local public officials at the White House.
In remarks in the Rose Garden, Biden will note the state and local leaders who are using American Rescue Plan funding for safety measures, and call on other state and local leaders to make similar investments quickly, the White House said.
Many cities – including New York, Washington D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles – have reported a surge in violence since the coronavirus pandemic began.
The timing of Biden’s remarks is tied to the summer season, when there has historically been more violent crime compared to winter months.
But crime and the federal response is expected to be a major issue in November’s election, which will determine which party controls…