The White House drafts a measure with the Department of Justice to expedite the death penalty for those convicted of mass murders, according to Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff.
The vice president’s chief of staff made the remarks Monday saying the legislation is a part of a gun control package drafted by the White House.
He continued by saying the legislation will be addressed on Capitol Hill when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill in the coming days.
The chief of staff also clarified the vice president has been communicating with Attorney General William Barr regarding the legislation package.
His remarks come just two days after a deadly shooting took the lives of seven people and injured 22 more people in Texas.
The suspect was pulled over by officers in Midland just hours after he was reportedly fired from his job.
He began shooting at the officers and and then reportedly began a random rampage shooting at people on the road.
Meanwhile, the announcement just weeks after Barr previewed the legislation saying the Trump administration is moving to expedite capital punishment for those convicted of mass murders and those who have killed law enforcement officials.
Barr clarified during a speech in New Orleans, “We will be proposing legislation providing that in cases of mass murder, or in cases of murder of a law enforcement officer, there will be a timetable for judicial proceedings that will allow imposition of any death sentence without undue delay.”
The attorney general continued by saying capital punishment must be carried out quickly for those who have committed mass murders or killed law enforcement officials.
Barr continued by condemning the video that went viral weeks ago depicting individuals pouring water on New York police officers earlier this month.
He suggested the government should not tolerate this behavior to any degree calling those who committed the acts “punks.”