GOP Bill Blocks Criminal Rioters From COVID Benefits

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Amid civil unrest, the global coronavirus pandemic, and a congressional stalemate on a stimulus package, Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., is proposing a bill to block law-breaking rioters from receiving unemployment benefits.

The bill is called the “Support Peaceful Protest Act” in a preemptive strike against potential attacks on the legislation as being anti-protest. Banks’ bill seeks to hold criminal rioters and looters “financially liable for the cost of federal policing.”

“If you’re convicted of a crime that caused more manpower and law enforcement officers to deal with it, then perhaps you should be on the hook to pay for that,” Banks told WIBC-FM in Indianapolis, per Fox News.

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  1. It’s a great idea, in theory. How can you deny benefits to someone convicted of law-breaking rioting, when the cities refuse to prosecute?


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