Republican leaders unveil ‘back to blue’ legislative priorities ahead of midterm red wave


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EXCLUSIVE: Top House Republicans have laid out a plan for the future to pass pro-law enforcement legislation in anticipation of the GOP becoming the majority party in Congress after November’s midterm elections.

Last year, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., created the American Security Task Force, which is led by House Committee on Homeland Security ranking member John Katko, RN.Y. . Katko has met with law enforcement on the front lines of crime and border crises over the past year as part of the task force, and developed solutions that Republicans plan to implement once back to power.

The final list of four priorities, shared exclusively with Fox News Digital, includes securing resources and funding for law enforcement, addressing and addressing recruiting issues, taking action to end violence against agents and the penalization of “progressive” prosecutors.


“These pillars that we’ve come up with are trying to tackle the funding issue, but also the retention issue and the disrespect issue for law enforcement, which is really terrible and targeted,” Katko said. .

Another key part of the plan is to arrest more liberal district attorneys and other “soft on crime” prosecutors, which the GOP plans to do by cutting federal funding.

Representative Katko participated in the Back the Blue Bike Tour and visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
(Office of Representative John Katko)

“These progressive prosecutors just don’t prosecute cases. They add to attrition rates, add to danger, they add to animosity against police officers. They add to the air of anarchy for the bad guys who think that they can act with impunity because there are no consequences.

“A lot of them are getting federal dollars… We’re not going to fund the ability of progressive prosecutors to become apologists for criminals anymore. We’re just not going to do that,” Katko continued.

The Republicans’ framework is designed to ensure that law enforcement will receive the necessary funding without “bureaucracy” or undue interference from the federal government. Additionally, lawmakers point to a survey that noted that police retirements rose 45% in 2021 and departments struggled to fill vacancies. Their solution is to have direct federal grants from Congress for recruiting.

The former sheriff, Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., who has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, led the task force’s police pillar and helped organize listening sessions in New York, Syracuse, Austin, Portland, Chicago, Washington, D.C., northeast Florida, and eastern Indiana to deliver the GOP framework.

Katko said going to all the different task force events exposed the “grim” state of law enforcement across the country, which is worse than any other point in his more than two decades of law enforcement. work with law enforcement.

“It was truly breathtaking…I’ve never seen law enforcement in such a bad shape. From a moral point of view. From a statistical point of view. And the picture looks pretty bleak for the future,” Katko said.

“Law enforcement is very, very supportive of what we want to do,” Katko told Fox News Digital, noting that Republicans haven’t just looked at the stats, they’ve gone to “law enforcement officials.” order, to the unions, to the people on the front line, not to the bulls”. –t politicians” to work out their plan.

John Katko and Kevin McCarthy speak to the press during a visit by the Congressional Border Delegation to El Paso, Texas on March 15, 2021.

John Katko and Kevin McCarthy speak to the press during a visit by the Congressional Border Delegation to El Paso, Texas on March 15, 2021.
(Justin Hamel/AFP)

A major police organization, the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), endorsed the GOP plan.

“The MCCA thanks Chief McCarthy, Rep. Katko, Rep. Rutherford and all of US Security Task Force for the development of this framework which supports the application of the law. The MCCA participated in several of the roundtables that helped inform this work, and it is heartening to see our feedback incorporated into the final product. The legislation to which this framework leads will help address the many challenges facing our brave law enforcement officers,” MCCA Executive Director Laura Cooper told Fox News Digital.

Lawmakers unveil plan ahead of National Police Week 2022, which is aimed at honoring law enforcement and their contributions to society and recognizing the bravery and sacrifices of officers. The eventful week officially begins on Sunday.


“The Democratic Party all over the country has caused these problems. And the American people aren’t stupid, they’re not going to buy what the administration is offering,” Katko said.

“If the administration were really sincere and really wanted to fix this problem, they would call the Republican Party leaders and sit down with them. They didn’t, I haven’t received any phone calls from anyone in the Biden administration, and they know that I’m the head of this task force. They’re not interested in trying to find solutions, they’re interested in trying to find political solutions. And that’s really unfortunate ,” Katko told Fox News Digital.

Katko says he expects to get support from a “healthy number” of Democrats heading into the midterms, as polls indicate Americans support funding for law enforcement.

On Thursday, a few House Democrats, led by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., held a bipartisan press conference expressing their annoyance with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for having refused to table their pro-law enforcement bill.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered remarks in the Senate Thursday to kick off Police Week.


“Yesterday we observed the start of ceremonies honoring National Police Week. Soon we will mark Peace Officers Memorial Day. Tens of thousands of law enforcement personnel from across the country will gather here in the nation’s capital to honor the service and sacrifice of their fallen brothers and sisters,” McConnell said.

“American law enforcement is always there when we need it most. The least Congress can do is support them.”

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