Congressman Ken Buck Reintroduces The BRICKS Act
January 25, 2021
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) reintroduced the Blocking Rioters and Insurrectionists from our Cities to Keep us Safe (BRICKS) Act. This bill increases penalties for inciting, organizing, aiding, abetting, or funding rioting (18 USC, Sec. 2021) from five years to 10 years. The BRICKS Act also adds an escalator clause in which penalties may increase to 25 years in prison if serious bodily injury is inflicted, and may face up to life in prison if death results from their actions.
Rep. Buck originally introduced this legislation in November 2020 in response to the multiple, organized ANTIFA-backed riots that took place throughout last year. Rep. Buck was compelled to reintroduce the BRICKS Act following the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol that occurred on January 6, 2021, which resulted in five casualties.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) will be introducing Senate companion legislation at a later date.
House Cosponsors: Reps. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Austin Scott (R-Ga.), Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), Randy Weber (R-Tex.), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Greg Steube (R-Fla.), and Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.)
Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) said:
“The riot at the Capitol and the riots that occurred over the summer were both disgraceful and caused harm to our nation. Those responsible must be held accountable — and the BRICKS Act would do just that." Rep. Buck said. "Any act of violence is wrong. In order to truly restore unity in this country, we must prosecute these individuals to the fullest extent of the law.”
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said:
“Those who use violence to advance their political agenda must be met with the full force of the law—no matter their party affiliation. This bill will strengthen our laws to deter political violence and prevent further destruction,” Sen. Cotton said.
Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) said:
“Violence is never an acceptable way to express your opinions or advance an agenda—and those who act violently should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." Rep. Hinson said. "The BRICKS Act will strengthen the rule of law against those who use violence or incite riots and help deter this destructive behavior going forward.”
Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) said:
“When rioting occurs, the spirit of peaceful and lawful First Amendment activity is drowned out by violent radicals. The BRICKS Act sends a message: those criminal agitators who choose to exploit peaceful protests to further their own separate and extremist agenda will be prosecuted with the full force of the law. These enhanced penalties will not only target and incapacitate these violent rioters, but will also deter other bad actors from following in their footsteps.” Rep. McClintock said.
Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) said:
“The political affiliations of rioters should not matter when police and prosecutors arrest and charge criminals destroying property and threatening public safety. Whether Antifa is attempting to burn down a federal courthouse in Portland or violent extremists attack the Capitol Building, they must face the harshest of consequences. Using violence to advance a political agenda is disgusting and un-American. I am proud to co-sponsor the BRICKS Act to punish those who do and prevent future political violence.“ Rep. Gibbs said.
Congressman Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.) said:
“It was wrong when violent rioters burned and looted American cities last year, it was wrong when the Capitol was attacked this month, and all of those who employ such tactics should be severely punished,” Rep. Tiffany said. “Criminal violence, property destruction and political intimidation have no place in our civil discourse."
Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) said:
“Violent and destructive protests that disrespect law enforcement are never the answer. The riots we’ve seen over the last several months involving Antifa, and the riot that occurred at the US Capitol on January 6th are completely unacceptable, and every individual involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I’m proud to support Representative Buck’s important legislation again this Congress.” Rep. Duncan said.
Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md.) said:
"As we have seen, even the inauguration of President Biden has not stopped the violent anarchists attempting to destroy Portland's federal courthouse. We need to enhance penalties on violent mob actions like we continue to see from Antifa," Rep. Harris said.