Justice in Policing Town Hall, Celebrating Juneteenth, DACA Decision & More
I’m pleased to report that the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 7120 – the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act – this week. Included in the bill is my Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, which was taken word-for-word, line-for-line in this transformative legislation that reimagines the broken culture of policing in America.
The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and countless others makes this legislation critical to implement immediately. The bill now goes to a full vote before the entire House of Representatives next week. Mitch McConnell and Republicans should recognize the seriousness of this legislation to address the systemic problem of police violence against Black and Brown Americans and bring it up for a vote instead of their watered-down version.
For more on the Justice in Policing Act 2020, click HERE. To see my appearance on MSNBC discussing this and other issues, click HERE. To see my deeper thoughts on this issue, read my post in Medium HERE.
Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland and I filed legislation – the Bivens Act – this week to hold federal law enforcement officials more accountable to the public when they violate our constitutional rights. For more, click HERE.
IRS OFFICE IS NOW OPEN: The IRS is aware that the disruption to operations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting American taxpayers. All efforts are being made to bring operations and services back online as soon as possible. The Georgia office is now open. For more, click HERE.
JUNETEENTH: This Juneteenth, we are witness to a revolution. Before, police brutality in our communities was ignored or excused. But now, peaceful protesters are turning anger and trauma into power and progress. Join the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for a #Juneteenth virtual town hall on Justice in Policing today at 3 pm. To participate, register HERE.
DACA RULING: Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected President Trump’s cynical attempts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, legal protections for nearly 700,000 young immigrants, including 21,000 who live and work in Georgia. I stand with my DACA brothers and sisters in celebrating this ruling, but I urge my colleagues in Congress to pass the Dream and Promise Act now so we can provide permanent protection for our young people.
TRANSPORTATION: I’m pleased to report that last night in the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, we passed the surface transportation reauthorization bill – the INVEST in America Act. Several of my proposals made it into the bill, including infrastructure reuse projects, minimum insurance requirements for motor carriers and requirements that automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems be installed on all new commercial motor vehicles. For more, click HERE.
Lastly, I’m very happy to welcome a new chief of staff to oversee my D.C. and District offices – Mr. Charles R. Gayle. Charlie is formerly with the House Judiciary Committee Oversight Counsel. He replaces Arthur D. Sidney, who after 11 years as my chief, left to work at a non-profit in the tech sector. I expect great things from Charlie and the continued pursuit of excellence in our legislative work on Capitol Hill and award-winning constituent services at home. For more, click HERE.
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