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Boehner Calls on Congress to Make Anti-Crime Measures a Priority


Location: Washington D.C.

Boehner Calls on Congress to Make Anti-Crime Measures a Priority

Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today called on Congress to make anti-crime legislation a priority after the FBI's Unified Crime Report indicated that violent crime is on the rise. In July, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX) and 14 other House Republicans introduced a comprehensive package of 15 bills designed to help law enforcement fight crime and keep American communities safe, but the U.S. House has taken no action on the issue. Boehner issued the following statement:

"According to the FBI, the violent crime rate in American communities is rising yet this critical issue is being ignored by the majority here in Washington. In the first nine months of our new majority we've seen no major legislation designed to help reduce violent crime and protect children from sexual predators, drugs and gangs. In fact the House Judiciary Committee has spent most of its time on inside-the-Beltway political investigations rather than legislation to ensure the safety and security of our local communities.

"In July House Republicans introduced a comprehensive anti-crime package to help law enforcement officials reduce violent crime, protect the country from terrorist attacks, dismantle dangerous street gangs, apprehend sex offenders who prey on our children, and shut down illegal money laundering operations. We asked the U.S. House to work in a bipartisan fashion to combat violent crime, but to date our requests have been ignored and the security of our families and communities has been relegated to the backburner. The American people deserve better. It's time for Congress to act."

In Ohio's 8th District, five cities and three townships made the FBI's Crime Report - Celina, Eaton, Hamilton, Liberty Township, Miami Township, Middletown, Piqua and West Chester Township. Cincinnati, which abuts the 8th District, and Dayton, of which a small portion is included in the district, were also included on the report. Please see the attached spreadsheet for a breakdown of OH-8 and Dayton crime statistics, as provided by the FBI's Unified Crime Report for 2006 as well as the 2005 data.

NOTE: According to the FBI's Unified Crime Report released today, violent crime between 2005 and 2006 increased by 1.9 percent at the national level. The report can be viewed at the following link: In July, House Republicans introduced 15 crime bills designed to strengthen law enforcement, reduce crime, and keep America safe. They include the comprehensive package - Violent Crime Control Act (H.R. 3156) - introduced by Judiciary Committee Ranking Republican Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Crime Subcommittee Ranking Member Randy Forbes (R-VA) as well as 14 bills addressing the specific issues highlighted below:

Fighting Violent Crime:

· Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) - Violent Crime Prevention and Enforcement Act (H.R. 3142)

· Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) - Death Penalty for Cop Killers Act (H.R. 3153)

· Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) - State and Local Criminal Forensic Laboratory Enhancement Act (H.R. 3151)

Protecting Children:

· Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) - Sex Offender Internet Prohibition Act (H.R. 3144)

· Rep. Jon Porter (R-NV) - Protecting America's Children Act (H.R. 3149)

· Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) - Child Pornography Elimination Act (H.R. 3148)

Preventing Terrorism and Promoting National Security:

· Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) - Combating Terrorism Financing Act (H.R. 3146)

· Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) - Counter-Terrorism and National Security Act (H.R. 3147)

Addressing Gang Violence:

· Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL) - Anti-Gang Enforcement Act (H.R. 3150)

· Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA) - Anti-Gang Task Force Act (H.R. 3152)

Stopping Meth Traffickers:

· Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) - Methamphetamine Kingpin Elimination Act (H.R. 3143)

Guarding Against Criminal Aliens and Smugglers:

· Rep. Thelma Drake (R-VA) - Prohibition Against Criminal Alien Re-Entry Act (H.R. 3145)

· Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) - Alien Smuggling Criminal Enterprise Deterrence Act (H.R. 3154)

Protecting Intellectual Property:

· Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) - Intellectual Property Enhanced Criminal Enforcement Act (H.R. 3155)

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