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Congressman David Kustoff

Representing the 8th District of Tennessee

Maintaining Law and Order

“As a former U.S. Attorney, I know how important it is to do all we can to support our law enforcement community. I believe that local, state and federal law enforcement should work hand-in-hand to tackle crime at the source, prevent violence and make our communities safer in West Tennessee and across the country.” – Congressman David Kustoff

Introducing the Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017:

  • On March 27, 2017, I introduced a bipartisan bill that will increase the federal penalty for bomb threats and other credible threats of violence against churches, community religious centers and all places of worship and ensure these acts can be prosecuted as a hate crime.
    • The rise in threats at religious community centers is deeply disturbing and makes it clear that existing federal laws do not suitably deter these acts of hate. Religious tolerance is the bedrock on which our great nation was founded. We must defend the individual liberties of our neighbors of all faiths and protect places of worship, and I am proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation that addresses the issue head on.
    • In 2017 alone, more than 100 bomb threats and other threats of violence have been made against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), churches and other places of worship across the United states. In addition to the fear and terror inflicted upon these institutions after a threat, there are tangible ramifications for the centers. Many religious institutions are forced to temporarily close their doors as a result of these threats, and families who rely on the center’s services, such as Hebrew school and early-childhood education programs, have been forced to choose between their safety and their faith community.
  • This bipartisan legislation would amend the Church Arson Prevention Act (18 U.S.C. § 247) to ensure that individuals who make bomb threats and other credible threats of violence against community religious centers –based on the religious nature of that center –can be prosecuted for committing a hate crime. 
    • In addition, individuals who make credible threats against religious institutions are sheltered by the current law, which limits the consequences they can face to misdemeanor charges. Under the Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017, new language would be added to 18 U.S.C. § 247 that would create a penalty of up to 5 years of imprisonment if any violation of the statute results in the damage or destruction of property.

Supporting the Department of Justice’s National Public Safety Partnership:

  • On June 20, 2017, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) announced that Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee will be among 12 cities joining the Department’s National Public Safety Partnership (PSP).
  • With the Department of Justice’s valuable resources and strong support, our dedicated law enforcement in West Tennessee can implement advanced strategies to track crime patterns and enforce the laws that are already on the books.

More on Maintaining Law and Order

October 30, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – October 27, 2018 – Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) today released the following statement in response to the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this morning. 
 

September 5, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  September 3, 2018 – U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08) today introduced H.R.6697, the Restoring the Armed Career Criminal Act, which makes necessary reforms to reinstate and clarify an important tool for prosecutors to use to enhance penalties against the most dangerous, career criminals. 

July 26, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  July 26, 2018 – U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08) today introduced H.R. 6554, the Substance Tableting and Encapsulating Enforcement and Registration (STEER) Act to combat the rampant national opioid epidemic. 

The STEER Act is a bipartisan, bicameral bill, which requires official registration with the Attorney General for any person in possession of a tableting or encapsulating machine, also known as pill presses, to prevent the use of these machines to create and distribute narcotics.

July 9, 2018 Press Release

Memphis, TN – U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08) today released the following statement following President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

“I am pleased to hear President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States,” said Congressman Kustoff. “I believe Judge Kavanaugh is a prime example of a Justice who will uphold conservative values and interpret the law justly and fairly. It is my hope that the Senate will act swiftly through the confirmation process.”

June 20, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08) today released the following statement after President Trump’s executive order keeping families together in light of the current immigrant separation policy.