House passes bill condemning violence against police

 May 18, 2024

The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a measure that condemns violence against police officers, Fox News reports.

The crazy part is not that the measure has passed, but, rather, that a sizeable group of House Democrats voted against the measure.

Finally Tally: 337 to 61

According to Fox, the final tally was 337 to 61. The 337 figure includes all House Republicans and 134 House Democrats.

The 61 figure is comprised only of House Democrats. This includes every member of the so-called Squad, a group of radical, far-left lawmakers.

The New York Post identifies "squad" members as U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Cori Bush (D-MO), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Greg Casar (D-TX), Summer Lee (D-PA), and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY).

We will look at why they voted against the measure in a moment. But, first, we'll take a closer look at what the bill does.

The details

You may or may not know that this past week was Police Week. In other words, it is a week during which we are supposed to commemorate the men and women who, each and every day, put their lives on the line to keep us safe.

Accordingly, lawmakers thought it would be a good idea to pass a resolution to show the police how much they mean to us. Hence, the resolution.

"The resolution text indirectly cited the summer 2020 protests, arguing "respect for the rule of law and law enforcement officials diminished" since then," Fox reports.

The outlet continues:

It appeared to go after progressive policies that critics have panned as soft-on-crime, claiming "policies implemented at several state and local jurisdictions have increased the difficulty and added significant risks for law enforcement to do their jobs effectively and safely." The legislation also knocked a "lack of accountability for violent criminals with decreased penalties and no-bail policies," which it said "has opened the door for record criminal activity in cities across the country."

This, of course, raises the question of how one could not support this bill.

Here's what we know:

It appears that there were at least two reasons why these 61 Democrats voted against the resolution.

On the one hand, Business Insider reports, "Many Democrats voted against the resolution, arguing that it was an unserious effort to address police safety." And, on the other, "Several of the Democrats who voted against the resolution have also expressed support, in various forms, for efforts to shift resources away from traditional policing and toward alternative community safety approaches."

You can probably guess which category the "squad" falls into.

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