Senator John Cornyn Statement on Austin City Council Decision to Defund Austin Police Department

August 14 — Texans for Senator John Cornyn issued the following statement from the senator regarding Austin City Council’s decision to cut $150 million from the Austin Police Department’s budget:

“Austin City Council’s decision to drastically defund our police department is reckless and dangerous. I have spent a lot of time listening to city leaders lately, including roundtable discussions with law enforcement, faith and community leaders in Dallas and Houston. Those conversations have instilled in me that we need to bring communities and police departments closer together. Sadly, the City of Austin just drove that wedge deeper in what amounts to a shameful failure to fulfill their obligations to public safety.”