Congressman Ted Yoho

Representing the 3rd District of Florida
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Yoho Votes to Protect First Responders

May 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C.Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) voted in favor if the Thin Blue Line Act - H.R. 115. This bill will expand the list of statutory aggravating factors in death penalty determinations to also include the killing or attempted killing of a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or other first responder. Congressman Yoho gave the following statement on the House floor before today’s vote.


Mr. Speaker:

I am proud to rise in support of H.R.115, the Thin Blue Line Act, which will act as a deterrent against criminals who would seek to harm first responders. Increasing the federal penalties that can be imposed against those who kill or attempt to kill policemen, firemen, or other first responders is a just response to such heinous crimes.

This week is National Police Week and I am reminded of the words etched on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., which state “the wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are as bold as a lion,” from the book of Proverbs.

It takes a special kind of person to willingly run towards danger and to shield the innocent from the wicked. That is what our law enforcement officers do every day.  I am very grateful for the men and women who serve and protect our communities.

May God bless all of our nation’s law enforcement officers currently serving, and those we have lost in line of duty.  And may we continue to honor them by the work that we do in the people’s House.

With that, I yield back.