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Sen. Tillis urges bipartisan support for Protect and Serve Act

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) asks a question during a Judiciary Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on June 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. The Republican-led committee was holding its first hearing on policing since the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) asks a question during a Judiciary Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on June 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. The Republican-led committee was holding its first hearing on policing since the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 16: Sen. Thom Tillis asked a question during a Judiciary Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on June 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:40 PM PT – Friday, March 19, 2021

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) reintroduced a bill aiming to enforce harsher punishments on people who attack police officers.

According to reports, Tillis urged his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass the Protect and Serve Act. The bill would add up to 10 years to the already 20 year sentence for assaulting an officer at any government level. In addition, anyone who murders or kidnaps an officer could get a life sentence under the proposed legislation.

Tillis stressed lawmakers need to take care of America’s police forces, citing massive turnover rates amid violent anti-police rhetoric.

“I urge the American people to call your senators, ask them to support the measure, tell them that you want this bill passed and our law enforcement officers protected. Don’t be silent,” Tillis stated. “Help me fight for the men and women in blue because they’re counting on us, and along the way, when you see a law enforcement officer, thank them for their service and let them know members of Congress are fighting for them.”

Tillis said Republicans and Democrats have come together on similar legislation before and is optimistic lawmakers can lay down their partisan arms once again.

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