EXCLUSIVE — SEN. TOM COTTON INTRODUCES TRIO OF BILLS TO COMBAT RIOTERS

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) will introduce three new pieces of

legislation on Wednesday that aim to curb rioters

Under lenient leftist policies, insurrectionists around the country continue to pillage America’s communities. It’s past time we cracked down on their destructive actions,” Cotton told Breitbart News. “My legislation will incapacitate these rioters to prevent further destruction and increase penalties against them, making the punishment fit their crimes.”

Cotton’s legislation is designed to make it more difficult for rioters to get bailed out of jail upon arrest, create avenues for rioting victims to sue rioters, and to cut rioters off from federal unemployment benefits—a Senate companion to a House bill from Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) exclusively reported on by Breitbart News.

The first bill, the “No Catch-and-Release for Rioters Act,” would create a rebuttable presumption against allowing bail for those charged with participating in a riot. The second bill, the “Rioting Restitution Act,” would make, according to Sen. Cotton’s office, “a federal, private, civil cause of action against rioters who meet the federal definition of rioting.” It would also allow for treble—or triple—damages, per the statute if the law were adopted.

The third bill is the Senate companion to Banks’ House bill, the “Support Peaceful Protest Act,” which makes those convicted of rioting on federal charges ineligible for federal unemployment benefits under the CARES Act—which created a temporary first-ever federal unemployment supplemental program in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Cotton’s Senate bill, like Banks’ House bill, makes those convicted of federal crimes, when it comes to rioting, unable to receive such federal benefits.

By MATTHEW BOYLE

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