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House GOP Unloads Bill On Rioters – Congress Could Disqualify Them From Relief Unemployment Money
By Ben Dutka|August 31, 2020
House GOP Unloads Bill On Rioters – Congress Could Disqualify Them From Relief Unemployment Money

Protests and riots continue to take place across the nation, as Democrats continue to call for law enforcement reform. But some say they’re not condemning the violence loudly enough.

On the other hand, Republicans continue to condemn the uprising. And now, they’ve introduced a new bill that will financially punish those convicted of violent protesting.

House Republican Jim Banks (R-Ind.) introduced the bill, called the “Support Peaceful Protest Act.”

In the first place, Banks says he supports peaceful protests. But in regards to violent and other criminal behavior under the guise of “protesting,” Banks believes there should be consequences.

That’s why the bill says individuals convicted of such crimes won’t receive federal aid.

From Fox News:

A House Republican introduced a bill Friday that would make those convicted of violence, looting or vandalism in connection with a protest ineligible for enhanced coronavirus unemployment benefits.

The ‘Support Peaceful Protest Act’ would also make rioters ‘financially liable for the cost of federal policing.’

As Banks told WIBC-FM in Indianapolis, he thinks the math is pretty straightforward:

If you committed a crime and were convicted, and that required more manpower and law enforcement, you should “be on the hook to pay for that.”

The bill comes just one day after an elderly couple got harassed by protesters when leaving President Trump’s nomination acceptance speech at the White House.

Banks added that many protesters have time to participate in the violence “because they are unemployed people receiving government benefits.”

Therefore, he thinks any aid they’re receiving should stop.

As for the peaceful protests, Banks doesn’t have a problem with that. He says his bill is a “common sense” step that will finally add some “accountability” for some of the “angry mob protests.”

He added:

The people who are acting out in violence are very different from those who are showing up peacefully and it’s easy to see the difference.

Banks makes his stance clear: peaceful protest is one thing, but defacing federal property or harming innocent individuals shouldn’t be tolerated.

And if you commit either crime, you shouldn’t be getting tax dollars in the form of assistance.

It’s likely that other Republicans will support the bill. But Democrats, who continue to push for more federal aid for those affected by the pandemic, probably won’t.

Is this the best way to put a stop to the violence? Perhaps consequences aside from jail time and fines will speak volumes…

Key Takeaways:

  • GOP Rep. Jim Banks introduced the “Support Peaceful Protest Act.”
  • If you’re convicted of a rioting crime like vandalism or looting, you won’t be eligible to receive pandemic unemployment benefits.
  • Banks supports peaceful protests, but says hurting innocents and defacing government property isn’t okay. And the perpetrators shouldn’t get federal aid.

Source: Fox News

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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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