Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. I voted against this bill because it was written solely by Democrats who denied all Republican input on the legislation. I believe that we need police reform, but this partisan bill was not the solution.
I am a strong supporter of the JUSTICE Act, introduced by Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Pete Stauber. The bill focuses on police reform, accountability and transparency by increasing police reporting requirements, instituting more body camera regulations, making lynching a federal crime, instructing the DOJ to develop training on de-escalation tactics, closing the Law Enforcement Consent Loophole Act and much more. Many of these are bipartisan measures that have been proposed in the past, and the bill would go a long way in removing injustice from our justice system. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats have blocked this bill, leaving no opportunity for a recorded vote.
Police reform is a serious issue, and I believe we can and should take action to correct problems in the system. It is up to Congress to stop playing politics and work together to craft legislation that will make positive changes. We can't allow this back-and-forth political nonsense to continue; otherwise, we will be stuck with the status quo. I hope that my colleagues across the aisle change their perspective and welcome all legislators to the table on an issue that concerns our entire country.