On a bright, sunny Sunday morning, San Antonio Police Department Detective Benjamin Marconi, was killed during a routine traffic stop. While the 50-year-old officer was writing a ticket, a black vehicle pulled up behind his car, walked over, and shot him in the head. The shot killed Detective Marconi, taking his life away from this world all too soon. The suspect is still on the loose. My thoughts and prayers are with Detective Marconi and his family.

Two other police officers in St. Louis and Florida were injured after being shot in a series of targeted attacks on law enforcement. Altogether, 127 officers have been killed in the line of duty this year. It is time to put an end to the needless murders of our peace officers. Congress must stand up for those who work to protect the rest of us. My bill, H.R. 5809, introduced along with Senator Cornyn in the Senate, would increase federal penalties against people who either kill, assault or plan violence against a law enforcement officer. The men and women behind the badge are some of America’s best. It’s time for Congress to take action to protect them.