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Lankford Votes to Protect Police in Nation’s Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today voted to stop the Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Amendment Act that was adopted by the DC City Council. Crime in DC has skyrocketed since “Defund the Police” policies have prevailed in the past few years. The resolution passed in a vote of 56 to 43.

“Congress has a constitutional responsibility to oversee what is happening in our Nation’s Capitol,” said Lankford. “City leaders cannot continue to ignore the law—that doesn’t stop crime. The policies that have been adopted make it harder for the hard-working police to enforce the law and protect the people who visit and live in this city.” 

In March, Lankford supported a resolution of disapproval that overturned a bill adopted by the DC City Council that reduced penalties for violent crime. He also spoke on the Senate floor to address his concerns.