May 15 - May 19, 2017

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Washington, D.C., May 22, 2017 | comments

          H.R.115 - Thin Blue Line Act

  • Those who target our first responders with intent to kill are among the most evil individuals on earth. They deserve to feel the full force of the law during sentencing. Currently, killing a first responder or local law enforcement officer is not an aggravating factor when judges are considering the death penalty. 
  • This week I voted for the Thin Blue Line Act, which toughens penalties, changes oversight and brings local officers and first responders under the protection of these aggravating factors for death penalty determinations. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in 2017 there have been 51 deaths of officers in the line of duty, an increase of 31 percent since this time last year.
  • This bill passed the House with strong bipartisan support.
  • Roll call vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll265.xml

          H.R.1039 - Probation Officer Protection Act

  • Probation officers are fully trained federal law enforcement officers who put their life on the line to protect our communities. Last year 135 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. The Probation Officer Protection Act takes steps to keep officers safe while protecting our communities.
  • Under current law, it is illegal for a third party to obstruct a probation officer in the performance of their duties. Although against the law, probation officers do not have the authority to arrest these individuals. This can create a potentially dangerous situation for the officer and members of the public. I voted in favor of the Probation Officer Protection Act because it permits probation officers to make arrests on third parties who may be posing a threat to public safety, the officer or the probationer as it pertains to the execution of the duties of the officer.
  • This bill passed the House with strong bipartisan support.
  • Roll call vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll268.xml
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