WASHINGTON, DC. – Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) recently joined 23 of her Republican colleagues in introducing a broad legislative package to clarify and strengthen violent crime laws. This includes homicides, bank robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and other offenses.
The Combating Violent and Dangerous Crime Act resolves discrepancies brought on by conflicting court decisions and clarifies congressional intent regarding crimes of violence and their respective penalties.
“The lack of accountability for violent federal offenses is one reason many communities are seeing dramatic increases in criminal activity. This legislation would clarify and enhance penalties for violent crimes, which will help to protect our communities. This is sensible legislation to restore public safety that should earn bipartisan support,” said Sen. Fischer.
"In order to combat violent crime and dangerous offenders there has to be efforts at the Federal, State and local levels of government. I greatly appreciate Senator Fischer's continued work to keep the public and law enforcement officers safe,” said Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.
The Combating Violent and Dangerous Crime Act addresses ambiguity and conflicting application of existing law by clarifying congressional intent without establishing sweeping new offense categories.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) led the introduction of the bill. Additional cosponsors include U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Kennedy (R-La.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), James Risch (R-Idaho), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.).