Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement honoring Police Week and House passage of two bills, H.R. 115, the Thin Blue Line Act, and H.R. 1039, the Probation Officer Protection Act:
“We owe a debt to all our law enforcement officers who head out in the morning to protect our communities and can never be certain they’ll get back home safely. We all share in the rewards of their service from safe streets where we can live our lives freely to having role models for our kids. But it’s our police officers and their families that bear most of the burdens. Every day, but especially this week, we are proud to show our respect and gratitude for America’s law enforcement.
“These pieces of legislation will allow for juries in federal cases to increase the sentence on those who kill state or local law enforcement officers and will enable probation officers to arrest those who forcibly obstruct them or assault them while they perform their duties. I applaud Congressmen Dave Reichert (WA-08) and Vern Buchanan (FL-16) for introducing these bills and for continuing to look out for our police officers who are out there every day looking out for us.”