Two ‘Squad’ Members Vote Against Resolution Honoring Fallen Police Officers
On Tuesday, two progressive members of ‘The Squad’ attracted controversy after they voted down a bi-partisan resolution to honor the passing of law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty and that pledged support to law enforcement and first responders.
The two Representatives, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mi. and Cori Bush, D-Mo., were the only two Representatives to vote against the uncontroversial resolution.
The resolution was passed during National Police Week when the country honors law enforcement officers.
Why did Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib just vote against a simple resolution to honor law enforcement officers during National Police Week?
— Congressman Troy E. Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) May 16, 2023
“Why did Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib just vote against a simple resolution to honor law enforcement officers during National Police Week?” Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas., posted on Twitter after the vote.
Its passing honored “the 556 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, including 224 officers killed in 2022, as well as 332 officers killed in previous years whose stories were recovered during 2022,” while also ensuring police are equipped with the resources and training necessary to perform their roles.
The resolution aimed to support “law enforcement officers across the United States in the pursuit of preserving safe and secure communities” and “continual unseen acts of sacrifice and heroism.” And was titled “Resolution memorializing law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.”
Even President Biden released a video honoring police officers during National Police Week and condemned ‘defunding the police.’
This National Police Week – and on Peace Officers Memorial Day – we recognize the absolute courage of officers across America. pic.twitter.com/1UGNR0bGMW
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 15, 2023
The resolution vowed that the House of Representatives would honor and acknowledge “that police officers and other law enforcement personnel, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, should be remembered and honored” and recognized as heroes.
Bush and Tlaib clarified that they do support the ‘safety’ of first responders but did not specifically mention the police officers that the resolution was meant to honor.
“Let us be clear: the health and safety of every one of our community members — including our first responders — is a top priority for us,” the Democrats said in a joint statement.
They said the resolution was intended to ‘advance Republicans’ false narrative’ on law enforcement, despite its bipartisan support.
“But this resolution is not a referendum on support for the safety of first responders. It is a document intended to advance Republicans’ false narrative around supporting law enforcement and gaslight the public about where they stand,” they said.
Bush went on to make a separate statement, saying that Republicans are the ‘party of insurrection’ and don’t actually care about public safety.
The @GOP pretends to care about public safety, but don’t forget they're the Party of Insurrection.
They're the party holding our economy hostage to slash funding for our communities.
They're the party working to evade accountability.
Give👏🏾 Me👏🏾 A👏🏾 Break👏🏾
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) May 16, 2023
Despite an increasingly polarized environment surrounding the debate about law enforcement, Americans overwhelmingly oppose anti-police measures such as decreasing funding for police.
A CBS News/YouGov poll conducted in 2022 found that only 9% of voters believe that ‘less funding for police’ will make communities safer, while 49% supported more funding for police. A further 61% supported harsher sentences for violent offenders.
After his tweet, Nehls commented further on the Daily Caller, saying he was ‘not surprised by their vote’ and that Tlaib and Bush want to ‘defund, dismantle, and disparage police officers.’
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