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16-S2034 on Feb 9, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: death penalty for killing police officers
Source: Thin Blue Line Act
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 House version H.R.814


    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)

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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Democrats participating in 16-S2034



Republicans participating in 16-S2034

Kelly Ayotte s1sNH Republican Jr SenatorSep 29, 2015
John Barrasso s1sWY Republican Jr SenatorOct 20, 2015
Roy Blunt s1sMissouri Republican (until 2010)Sep 29, 2015
John Boozman s1sAR Republican Jr SenatorSep 29, 2015
Shelley Moore Capito s1sWest Virginia Republican (Senate run 2014)Oct 7, 2015
Bill Cassidy s1sLA Republican ChallengerOct 20, 2015
John Cornyn s1sTX Republican Sr SenatorOct 7, 2015
Tom Cotton s1sAR Republican Senate challengerOct 20, 2015
Ted Cruz s1sPOTUS Republican 2016 Primary ChallengerSep 22, 2015
Steve Daines s1sMontana Republican (Senate run 2014)Oct 20, 2015
Deb Fischer s1sNE Republican Senate ChallengerOct 20, 2015
Chuck Grassley s1sIA Republican Sr SenatorApr 27, 2016
Orrin Hatch s1sUT Republican Sr SenatorOct 20, 2015
James Inhofe s1sOK Republican Sr SenatorOct 20, 2015
Ron Johnson s1sWI Republican Sr SenatorOct 20, 2015
James Lankford s1sOK Republican Senate challengerSep 30, 2015
Mike Lee s1sUT Republican Jr SenatorOct 20, 2015
John McCain s1sAZ Republican Sr SenatorOct 20, 2015
Rob Portman s1sOH Republican Jr SenatorOct 21, 2015
Thom Tillis s1sNC Republican ChallengerJan 11, 2016
Pat Toomey s2pPA Republican Jr SenatorSep 15, 2015



Independents participating in 16-S2034

Jeff Sessions s1sAL Attorney GeneralSep 16, 2015



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 21
Independents: 1


















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