The Leader’s Floor Lookout: Thursday, May 18, 2023
Washington, May 18, 2023
Here’s what to watch for on the House Floor today:
Supporting Law Enforcement and Condemning Defund the Police Movements
Democrats are putting woke activism above the safety of our men and women in uniform.
In 2022, 64 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty, and crime continues to skyrocket across the country.
At least 16 cities broke their homicide records in 2021, including Atlanta, Austin, Philadelphia, and Portland. In D.C. compared with May of last year, motor vehicle theft is up 115 percent, sex abuse is up 44 percent, robbery is up 18 percent, and homicide is up 9 percent; all crime is up 27 percent. According to D.C. police chief Robert Contee, the average homicide suspect has been arrested 11 times before being arrested for murder.
Meanwhile, Democrats like Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib called for defunding the police instead of defending the men and women who risk their lives to protect American citizens every day.
But when it came to their own security rather than the security of American communities, the same radical Democrats who touted 'defund the police' spent hundreds of thousands to ensure they felt safe – something that's not an option for most Americans.
It's common sense: supporting local law enforcement keeps communities safe. It’s no coincidence that the rising crime across the country sparked with the ‘Defund the Police’ movement.
We should be encouraging respect for law enforcement, not villainizing them.
H. Con. Res. 40, introduced by Rep. Ken Buck, expresses support for local law enforcement officers and condemns efforts to defund or dismantle local law enforcement agencies.
Now, Democrats like to claim they support police – as we honor National Police Week this week, it’s time for them to prove it by joining House Republicans in condemning movements to defund the police and standing up for our men and women in blue.