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Congress passes pro-cop bills

It’s National Police Week and Congress passed several bills this week in support of law enforcement. They include legislation intended to make it easier to punish cop killers with the death penalty.

A glance at votes on Capitol Hill for the week of 5/15/17-5/19/17:

On a resolution authorizing that the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder (public safety officer) who dies in the line of duty.

House passed 411 to 1

Tennessee

Yes         Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN

Virginia

Yes         Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

On a bill amending criminal codes to include the killing or attempted killing of a local or state law enforcement officer, firefighter or first responder as an aggravating factor in federal death penalty determinations. Under current federal law, killing a federal law enforcement officer is an aggravating factor when considering a death sentence; however, killing a state or local police officer, a firefighter or first responder is not an aggravating factor.

House passed 271 to 143

Tennessee

Yes         Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN

Virginia

Yes         Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

On a resolution to amend the Homeland Security Act to establish the National Computer Forensics Institute. It would be operated by the Secret Service for the dissemination of homeland security information related to the investigation and prevention of cyber and electronic crime. That would include threats or acts of terrorism. The bill is also intended to upgrade education, training and equipment for state and local law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges.

House passed 408 to 3

Tennessee

Yes         Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN

Virginia

Yes         Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

On nomination of Rachel L. Brand of Iowa as Associate Attorney General:

Senate confirmed 52 to 46

Tennessee

Yes         Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN

Yes         Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN

Virginia

No Vote               Sen. Timothy Kaine, D-VA

No          Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA

On nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen of Virginia as Deputy Secretary of Transportation:

Senate confirmed 56 to 42

Tennessee

Yes         Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN

Yes         Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN

Virginia

Yes         Sen. Timothy Kaine, D-VA

Yes         Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA

 


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