IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 25, 2020
Ms. Ernst (for herself, Mr. Cotton, Mr. McConnell, and Mrs. Blackburn) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To make certain States and political subdivisions of States ineligible to receive Federal financial assistance, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Ending Taxpayer Funding of Anarchy Act.
Ineligibility for Federal funds
In this section:
The term anarchist jurisdiction means a State or political subdivision of a State that has a statute, ordinance, policy, or practice in effect that, despite ongoing danger to individuals or property, allows any entity or official of the State or political subdivision of the State to purposefully—
abdicate the reserved powers of the State or political subdivision of the State, to be performed by non-governmental actors in a manner that is detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the State, or political subdivision of the State; and
refuse to provide police, fire, or emergency medical services to 1 or more individuals in the State or political subdivision of the State as a consequence of an abdication described in subparagraph (A).
executive agency has the meaning given the term Executive agency in section 105 of title 5, United States Code.
Federal financial assistance
The term Federal financial assistance has the meaning given the term in section 7501 of title 31, United States Code.
The term non-governmental actor—
means an individual who—
is not an officer, employee, or contractor of a State or political subdivision of a State; and
attempts to circumvent the rule of law; and
does not include a nonprofit organization.
The term reserved power means a power—
reserved to a State under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States;
transferred by Congress to the District of Columbia or any territory or possession of the United States; or
described in subparagraph (A) or (B) that is delegated to a political subdivision of a State.
The term State means any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and any other territory or possession of the United States.
For fiscal year 2021, and each fiscal year thereafter, a State or political subdivision of a State that is an anarchist jurisdiction at any time during a fiscal year may not receive Federal financial assistance from an executive agency during that fiscal year.
If a State or political subdivision of a State that is ineligible to receive Federal financial assistance during a fiscal year under subsection (b) receives Federal financial assistance during that fiscal year from an executive agency, the head of the executive agency shall—
direct the State or political subdivision of the State to immediately return the Federal financial assistance to the executive agency; and
reallocate the Federal financial assistance returned under paragraph (1) to States or political subdivisions of States that are not anarchist jurisdictions.