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Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang: NYC ‘cannot afford to defund the police’

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Andrew Yang, who is running for mayor of New York City, said the city “cannot afford to defund the police” after a Saturday shooting in Times Square which injured 3, including a child.

“When I talk to New Yorkers I get a very different message every single day,” he said. “New Yorkers are concerned about rising rates of violent crime, petty crime, street homelessness. This is what we are seeing, and we need our city’s leaders to step up right now,” the New York Post reported.

Yang expressed the city’s need for the police.

“Nothing works in our city without public safety, and for public safety we need the police,” Yang said. “My message to the NYPD is this: New York needs you. Your city needs you. We need you to do your jobs professionally, responsibly, and justly.”

He said he has the police’s backs and will support them in office.

“And as you do these things, the people of New York will have your backs. I will have your back. Defund the Police is wrong for New York City.”

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Biden supports ‘exception’ to filibuster to ‘codify Roe v. Wade in the law’

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Breaking Thursday, President Joe Biden gave his support to amend or drop the filibuster rule in order to restore perceived abortion rights lost following the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade on Friday.

While at the NATO summit in Spain, Biden said “The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that.”

“And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this, requiring an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision,” Biden added.

A filibuster requires 60 votes, and The Hill writes “There are not 50 senators who support changing the rules around the filibuster, however, making Biden’s suggestion unlikely to go anywhere.”

 

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