During a vote to recognize National Police Week, two members of the progressive group known as “the Squad,” Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Cori Bush were the only Democrats to vote against a resolution honoring police officers killed in the line of duty and expressing condolences to their loved ones. The resolution, which had bipartisan support, aimed to memorialize law enforcement officers and ensure they have the necessary resources and training to keep communities safe. The other members of the Squad, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley voted in favor of the resolution.
Following the vote, Tlaib and Bush did not provide immediate explanations for their dissent but claimed that community safety remained a top priority for them. In a joint statement, they criticized the Republican-introduced amendment as a tool to advance a false narrative about supporting law enforcement and accused it of gaslighting the public.
The dissenting votes from Tlaib and Bush, who have a history of anti-police rhetoric, sparked controversy and raised questions about the position of the progressive movement on issues related to law enforcement.
If you’d like to read more about the backlash they received, please read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
Two members of the progressive group “The Squad” were the only Democrats to vote against a resolution that memorialized police officers killed in the line of duty and expressed condolences to their loved ones.
During a vote Monday recognizing National Police Week, Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Cori Bush, D-Mo., uttered the only nays heard from the House floor as the chamber voted on the pro-law enforcement resolution. The resolution, which passed with unanimous support from Republicans and nearly all Democrats, amended H.Res. 363 title to read: “Resolution memorializing law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.”