Here are the top stories making headlines in politics today…
Viral videos have emerged that show New York Police Department officers being doused with water, as well as, being pelted with other objects, that occurred in separate incidents that have spread on social media.
In one clip, the video showed officers getting drenched with water buckets, with a bucket flying at one officer’s head. This occurred while they were making an arrest in Harlem. Other objects were also thrown at the officers.
Another video clip that went viral showed uniformed NYPD officers getting drenched with water as they walked along a Brooklyn street. A man approaches the policemen and pours a bucket of water directly over one officer’s head. To their credit, the video shows both officers remaining calm and seemingly ignoring the situation.
Officials from the NYPD referred to the videos as “reprehensible.” A statement released by the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York blamed lawmakers.
“Our anti-cop lawmakers have gotten their wish: The NYPD is now frozen,” the statement said, and added that the water bucket attacks were “the end result of the torrent of bad policies and anti-police rhetoric that has been streaming out of City Hall… For years now.”
The Trump administration is proposing a new rule that would effectively cut roughly 3.1 million Americans from the food stamp program, while saving taxpayers about $2.5 billion annually, according to a report. The United States is now seeing a 10-year low in participation in the food stamp program, largely due to historically low levels of unemployment.
The new rule will curb automatic enrollment in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP, which was formally known as the Food Stamps Program.
Currently, residents in 43 states who receive help from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, are automatically enrolled in SNAP, according to a report from the US Department of Agriculture.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a statement regarding the proposed rule changes, “This proposal will save money and preserve the integrity of the program” and added that “SNAP should be a temporary safety net.”
A member of the progressive group of freshmen Democrats known as The Squad, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, (D-Mich.), has called for a federal minimum wage of $20 per hour.
Tlaib said that “tipped employees make $2.13 per hour, federally” and that “people cannot live on those kinds of wages, and I can’t allow people to be living off tips… relying on tips for wages.” Tlaib added, “It should be $20 an hour – $18 to $20 an hour at this point… The cost of a lot of things that we need has gone up already.”
Last week, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill to set the federal minimum wage at $15 per hour. However, the bill has little chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Senate.