Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana strongly criticized the Breathe Act, a bill introduced by Democratic Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

John Kennedy spoke on the television program “The Story.” He was categorical when asked about the bill introduced by the Democratic representatives: “As an American who feels gratitude, not hatred for my country, the only way I know to improve the bill, is with the shredder.”

The Republican senator is a fervent advocate of the rule of law, and he assures that a nation to be civilized must have rules, and people who are dedicated to enforcing them. That is why he is convinced that the controversial bill, which proposes to reduce funding for law enforcement, is an attack on the defense of rules, and therefore, on civilization itself. 

However, when asked about his prognosis for implementing the bill, Kennedy was optimistic. He responded: “In terms of the bill that the two congressmen are offering, I don’t think anyone in the Senate is taking it very seriously. I think it’s great that we live in a country where two congressmen have the right to say what they want, but we also have the right to disagree with them.” 

With regard to the Democrat representative’s comments on the recent riots and conflicts that affected much of the United States’ urban centers, Senator Kennedy did not hesitate to say this threat to social peace is due in part to not applying the law and not having police to enforce those laws.

The Breathe Act

Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley introduced a controversial bill on Tuesday that, if passed, would radically alter the nation’s criminal justice and security system. It aims to directly make changes to policing, prosecution, sentencing, and jailing practices.

It would eliminate life sentences, decriminalize and retroactively expunge drug offenses close multiple federal agencies, and permanently close prisons, and immigration detention centers. 

The bill is divided into four sections. The first section seeks to divert federal resources currently spent on incarceration and surveillance.

The other sections present a detailed plan for a future that claims to be equitable, demanding radical changes, including eliminating federal programs and agencies that are supposedly used “to fund and expand the U.S. penal system.

The elimination would primarily target agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The law, which also seeks to reduce the Defense Department’s budget, calls for changes to policing, pretrial detention, sentencing, and prosecution practices that radical leftist groups say have criminalized Black communities, LGBT people, indigenous peoples, and people with disabilities.

The bill also seeks to end gang databases, establish pilot programs for universal basic income, and grant voting rights and “lifelong education” to all illegal immigrants and incarcerated criminals.

Importantly, the Breathe Act is the product of a project driven by the Black Lives Matter movement.