WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Congressman Tom Tiffany (WI-07) issued the following statement on the House Floor before voting no on S. 2938, the so-called Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
Congressman Tiffany said, “America doesn’t have a gun problem. America has a crime problem. Law-abiding Americans do not want more laws chipping away at the Second Amendment. They do not want to see their right to bear arms eliminated on the installment plan. They want prosecutors to prosecute. They want the police to police. They want dangerous criminals off the streets, and behind bars.”
Earlier this week, Congressman Tiffany voted in support of H.R. 7666, the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022, to help address the mental health crisis in our country, which was exacerbated by COVID-19 lockdowns, by taking a proactive approach to mental and behavioral health issues. This legislation would increase federal resources and creates a nationally coordinated response to crisis care. On Wednesday, H.R. 7666 passed the House of Representatives and now awaits action in the Senate.
Additionally, Congressman Tiffany, along with Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11), introduced H.R. 7967, the Prosecutors Need to Prosecute Act. Congressman Tiffany’s common-sense solution would require prosecutors to report how often they follow through on holding criminals charged with violent crimes, like murder, rape, arson, crimes involving illegal guns, and motor vehicle theft, accountable. The proposal would also mandate disclosures regarding how often prosecutors secure convictions, whether those charged were already on probation or parole, and how many offenders were released without bail. Unfortunately, House Democrats blocked this legislation from consideration.
Congressman Tiffany, along with Congressman Burgess Owens (UT-04), also introduced H.R. 7942, the Securing Our Students Act. This legislation would allow school districts to use unspent American Rescue Plan funds to update security measures and adequately educate staff on the best practices and procedures to use during emergency situations. The funds will be available immediately upon passage and can be used for a wide array of categories related to school safety.