Use American Rescue Plan funds to fight crime, Biden tells states

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Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden urged state and local leaders on Friday to make greater use of money from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to fight crime, as cities gird for summer crime waves and the U.S. Treasury releases billions more in funds. “My message is clear: Spend this money now,” Biden said at a Rose Garden event. “Do it quickly before crime rates typically surge.” The pandemic relief fund, passed by Democratic majorities in Congress and signed into law a year ago, was a signature achievement of Biden’s first year in office. State and local governments were allotted…

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