Republicans are pushing their law-and-order agenda with new legislation that would direct state and local governments to crack down on rising crime.

Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, who chairs the conservative Republican Study Committee, unveiled a bill Tuesday that would seek to expand public safety measures nationwide.

“Cities across the country are now plagued by violent crime because far-left officials refuse to uphold the rule of law,” Mr. Banks said in a statement. “Every American deserves to live in a community where they feel safe and our legislation will ensure that the federal government is not subsidizing and enabling Democrats’ radical, lawless agenda. has been.”

Senator Roger Marshall, Republican of Kansas, will introduce a companion bill in the Senate.

The bill includes a number of tough measures including:

• Prohibit the Justice Department from awarding funding grants to jurisdictions that eliminate cash bail or allow pretrial release for dangerous offenders.

Requiring local governments to fully report crime data to the FBI’s crime database.

• Mandate that local governments track policies that result in “non-enforcement” or “unlawful processing” of crime, including conviction data, crime data for pretrial release suspects, and Counts, and efforts to combat violent crime.

Amid a national crime wave, law and order issues have emerged as a top concern for voters in the midterm elections. This is an issue where voters favor Republicans and give them an edge in their bid to regain the majority in the House.

Mr. Bank’s legislation is also part of the RSC’s broader crime agenda, which includes tackling anti-police education in schools, toughening federal prosecutions, codifying immunity for officers and securing the border.

Democrats have been adamant about being soft on crime and distanced themselves from the defend-the-police rhetoric of the 2020 election cycle.

Senator Maggie Hassan, Democrat of New Hampshire, has endorsed her with the state’s police association, vowing to stand with the law enforcement community.

“Ok folks, for all the handwritten BS we keep hearing about the Dems being soft on crime, look here,” former Alabama Sen. Doug Jones said on behalf of the police. Tweeted about Ms. Hasan’s endorsement.

Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate candidate, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, has been criticized for being soft on crime. He has tried to turn the tables on his GOP opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz, by accusing him of having no agenda to fight crime.

“I’m the only candidate who has a literal track record of keeping communities safe,” Mr. Fetterman said.

In a close contest in Virginia, crime and policing have also taken center stage in the race between Democratic incumbent Rep. Abigail Spanberger and Rep. Yesli Vega. Both candidates have tried to paint themselves as friends of law enforcement.

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