Radical Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Cori Bush (D-MO) were the only Democrats to vote against a resolution that memorialized police officers killed in the line of duty.
The bill 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.”
The move by Bush and Tlaib to vote against the legislation left other House lawmakers stunned.
“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-TX) asked after the vote.
Other members of the progressive caucus, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), all voted in favor of the resolution.
#BREAKING: A House resolution “expressing support for recognizing ‘National Police Week'” gets nearly unanimous support from House lawmakers, with the exception of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) who voted “Nay.” pic.twitter.com/ycG3icciHm
— Forbes (@Forbes) May 15, 2023
.@RepCori Bush and @RepRashida Tlaib defended their votes against a resolution to honor police officers for “National Police Week.”
The “Squad” members said the resolution was to “advance Republicans’ false narrative around supporting law enforcement.”https://t.co/MI1RvtxTw9
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 17, 2023
Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) were the only two House lawmakers to vote against a resolution that recognized law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, arguing that it was “intended to advance Republicans’ false narrative.” https://t.co/528fwt6DQ7
— The Hill (@thehill) May 17, 2023
Tlaib and Bush said in a joint statement:
“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.
“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.”
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