WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Lance Gooden (R-TX) has sponsored the Defending Our Defenders Act. Introduced by Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-NM) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), the bill would make the murder of a police officer punishable by the death penalty or life in prison. Congressman Gooden issued the following statement regarding the proposal:

Congressman Gooden - "No more soft sentences for thugs who attack police officers. This legislation will ensure our legal system punishes cop-killers to the fullest extent of the law."