Senators Hoeven and Cramer introduce bill aimed at making certain offenses against police officers federal crime

(Fargo, ND) -- Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer this week helped introduce the Protect and Serve Act, bipartisan legislation that would make knowingly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury to a law enforcement officer a federal crime. 

The legislation, led by Senator Thom Tillis, is also cosponsored by Senators Tom Cotton, Joe Manchin, and Steve Daines.

“Each and every day, our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line as they work to protect our communities and keep us safe,” said Senator Hoeven. “This legislation will ensure that those who target these public servants with violence face the appropriate federal penalties, and will hopefully serve as a deterrent to help keep our officers safe.”

“It is critical we Back the Blue in every way possible,” said Senator Cramer. “The Protect and Serve Act will implement safeguards to defend those who dedicate their lives to serving and protecting our communities. We owe these heroes a debt of gratitude for their sacrifices and service, and Congress must honor that commitment.”