(WEHT) – Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and a group of Democrats have introduced legislation to ban the use of the death penalty by the federal government.
The effort comes after Attorney General William Barr announced last month that federal executions will resume for the first time in more than 16 years.
Following the two recent mass shootings, Attorney General Barr said the administration will propose legislation that would speed up the use of capital punishment in mass shooting cases.
The Trump administration wants criminals convicted of mass shootings, like the ones we saw in Texas, put to death.
Barr announced the administration will focus on streamlining the federal death penalty.
The president ordered Barr to take action after more than 30 died in the two shootings.
Cully Stimson with the Heritage Foundation said some crimes are so bad that they warrant death sentences.
Last month, the Trump administration announced plans to resume federal executions after an unofficial 16-year moratorium.
Sen. Kaine is one of a group of lawmakers who wants to ban executions.
Kaine said it’s not necessary to deter crime.
For now, federal executions are set to resume in December.
The debate over capital punishment is expected to continue when Congress returns from recess after Labor Day.
(This story was originally published on August 14, 2019)