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Congressman Taylor Votes to Honor and Protect Law Enforcement

May 18, 2017
Press Release
Contact: Scott Weldon (202) 225-4215

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Taylor voted to support H.R. 115, the Thin Blue Line Act. This legislation amends the federal criminal code to expand the list of statutory aggravating factors in death penalty determinations to also include the killing or attempted killing of a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or other first responder.

"Law enforcement officials across our nation put their lives on the line every day to protect our people and our communities,” said Rep. Taylor. “This legislation sends a strong message that the intentional targeted killing of law enforcement officials will not be tolerated. And while I believe this is an important step toward curbing violence in our nation, ultimately, these crimes can at times be motivated by a sense of anger and outrage toward law enforcement. We need to work toward reducing emotions and opening a dialogue between law enforcement and the communities they serve to truly work towards the root cause at many of these crimes.”

The House also passed H.R. 1892, the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act, introduced by Representative John Larson. This bill amends title 4, United States Code, to provide for the flying of the flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty.