Lawmakers Erupt On Newsom Over Campus Chaos

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( – On Thursday, hours after officers donning riot gear had dispersed a raucous anti-Israel encampment at UCLA, top California Republicans condemned Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom for not taking urgent or decisive action to end the ongoing campus unrest.

GOP lawmakers warned university leaders that legislators are considering revoking state grants from schools that allow occupations to continue.

Speaking to reporters, Assemblyman James Gallagher suggested that “Cal Grant money, state money,” should not be given to “students who are trampling on other people’s rights.”

Instead, he insisted that in these cases, the state should pull funding, admonishing the universities for doing “very little to protect students’ rights,” describing the measure as punishment for “their failure to act.”

Gallagher added that the GOP wanted “accountability” for what Governor Newsom was allowing to happen on campuses in the state, not “words or failure to say anything or do anything… but actual actions to hold people accountable.”

As part of their goal to end university violence, California Republicans in the state legislature propose that “budget action” be taken to hold university administrators accountable. 

According to Republican state Senator Brian Jones, the accountability measure would withhold “part of [the university’s] budget if necessary,” and cause students “found guilty of a crime” to “lose their Cal Grants.”

Jones added that students who weren’t participating in the protests or causing the widespread damage seen at college campuses in the state wouldn’t “be at risk of losing their grants if a bill gets drafted.”

According to reports on Fox News Digital, Newsom’s office has revealed that the state’s office of emergency services was prepared to respond if campus administrators requested such assistance. However, Newsom’s office declined to comment about calling the National Guard troops to assist in ongoing campus unrest.

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