House Judiciary Committee Passes George Floyd Justice In Policing Act
Washington, June 18, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Judiciary Committee passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, by a vote of 24 to 14. The legislation is the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives. Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA), Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 on June 8, 2020. The legislation has 230 cosponsors in the House and 36 cosponsors in the Senate. The bill now heads to the House floor for a full vote in the House.
During today’s markup, Chairman Nadler said, “Today we'll offer more than just sympathy. Today we're proposing meaningful change. Thoughts and prayers are not enough. Pledges to study the problem are not enough. Half-measures are not enough. To the Members of this Committee, the Justice in Policing Act is our opportunity to show the world that we are listening and that we will respond with real and lasting reforms. We must not let this moment slip away.” View Chairman Nadler’s full statement here.
Congressional Black Caucus Chair and Crime Subcommittee Chair Karen Bass appealed to the Committee and shared a personal story, stating, “It took me many years to get over the fear of those lights coming on behind me. It wasn't fear about getting a ticket. It was fear that my interaction with the police may result in me not surviving. This isn't just an issue for Black men. It's an issue for Black women as well.”
House Judiciary Committee Democratic Members called for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. During the markup of the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act, House Judiciary Republicans offered non germane amendments to distract from the need for real police reform. Rep. Cedric Richmond countered with a powerful statement on why this issue is so important and why we need to pass the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020:
Full text of the legislation is available here.A section-by-section summary of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is available here.
A fact sheet on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is available here.