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16-HR0814 on Feb 9, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: death penalty for killing police officers
Source: H.R.814 & S.2034
Congressional Summary: Makes the killing or attempted killing of a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or other first responder an aggravating factor in death penalty determinations [when] the defendant killed or attempted to kill a person who is authorized by law:
  • to engage in or supervise the prevention, detention, investigation, or prosecution, or the incarceration of any person for any criminal violation of law;
  • to apprehend, arrest, or prosecute an individual for any criminal violation of law; or
  • to be a firefighter or other first responder.
  • And that the person was killed--
  • while he or she was engaged in the performance of his or her official duties;
  • because of the performance of his or her official duties; or
  • because of his or her status as a public official or employee.

Opposing argument: [Sen. Bernie Sanders, Oct. 13, 2015]: "Black lives matter. The African American community knows that on any given day some innocent person like Sandra Bland can get into a car, and three days later she's dead in jail. We need to combat institutional racism from top to bottom, and we need major reforms in a broken criminal justice system. I intend to make sure people have education and jobs rather than jail cells."

Opposing argument: [ACLU of Louisiana, July 7, 2015]: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law that makes targeting a police officer a hate crime. Passage of such bills is a top priority for a national organization called Blue Lives Matter, which was formed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. [A video captured] "police killing a black man who was minding his own business," says the director of ACLU-LA. But it was the civil rights of police officers that Edwards was concerned about, as if theirs were being routinely violated: "I'm not aware of any evidence that police officers have been victimized that would justify giving them special protection." Also see Senate version S.2034
Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.115

Updated with H.R.2437 - Back the Blue Act of 2017

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 9. Question 9: Stricter punishment reduces crime Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Crime
  • Headline: Death penalty for killing police officers (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored death penalty for killing police officers (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 16-HR0814

Republicans participating in 16-HR0814

Mark Amodei s1sNevada RepublicanMar 21, 2016
Lou Barletta s1sPA Former Republican candidate for Pennsylvania GovernorNov 17, 2015
Gus Bilirakis s1sFlorida RepublicanJan 7, 2016
Mike Bost s1sIllinois Republican House MemberFeb 24, 2015
Vern Buchanan s1sFlorida RepublicanJan 3, 2017
Bradley Byrne s1sAlabama Republican NomineeOct 6, 2015
Buddy Carter s1sGeorgia Republican House MemberJan 13, 2016
Steve Chabot s1sOhio RepublicanJan 28, 2016
Curt Clawson s1sFlorida RepublicanSep 30, 2015
Tom Cole s1sOklahoma RepublicanNov 2, 2015
Paul Cook s1sCalifornia RepublicanFeb 10, 2015
Kevin Cramer s1sND Republican candidate for North Dakota U.S. SenatorFeb 11, 2015
Charles Dent s1sPennsylvania RepublicanFeb 2, 2016
Ron DeSantis s1sFL Republican candidate for governorMar 19, 2015
Mario Diaz-Balart s1sFlorida RepublicanJan 6, 2016
Tom Emmer s1sMinnesota Republican House MemberJan 12, 2016
Blake Farenthold s1sTexas RepublicanFeb 23, 2016
Trent Franks s1sArizona RepublicanFeb 2, 2016
Matt Gaetz s1sFlorida RepublicanJan 13, 2017
Lynn Jenkins s1sKansas RepublicanFeb 12, 2015
Bill Johnson s1sOhio RepublicanDec 11, 2015
David Jolly s2pFL Republican Senate ChallengerFeb 9, 2015
John Katko s1sNew York Republican House MemberOct 21, 2015
Peter King s1sNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-LifeNov 2, 2015
Doug LaMalfa s1sCalifornia RepublicanFeb 10, 2016
Frank LoBiondo s1sNew Jersey RepublicanJul 29, 2015
Tom Marino s1sPennsylvania RepublicanNov 5, 2015
Michael McCaul s1sTexas RepublicanFeb 10, 2016
David McKinley s1sWest Virginia RepublicanNov 18, 2015
Luke Messer s1sIN Republican candidate for Indiana U.S. SenatorFeb 24, 2015
John Mica s1sFlorida RepublicanFeb 2, 2016
Jeff Miller s1sFlorida RepublicanSep 17, 2015
Markwayne Mullin s1sOklahoma RepublicanJan 12, 2016
Randy Neugebauer s1sTexas RepublicanNov 17, 2015
Steven Palazzo s1sMississippi RepublicanDec 2, 2015
Bill Posey s1sFlorida RepublicanFeb 12, 2016
Dennis Ross s1sFlorida RepublicanMar 19, 2015
James Sensenbrenner s1sWisconsin RepublicanJan 13, 2016
Pete Sessions s1sTexas RepublicanFeb 10, 2015
Glenn Thompson s1sPennsylvania RepublicanJul 9, 2015

Independents participating in 16-HR0814

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 40
Independents: 0

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