Wright Issues Statement on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ron Wright issued the following statement on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 (H.R. 7120):
“I just voted NO on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. I could not in good conscience vote for legislation that would cripple our police force and put the safety of Americans at risk.
George Floyd should be alive today. His murder is undoubtedly a tragedy. Americans across our nation are clamoring for meaningful law enforcement reforms and justice for victims of racism and police brutality. These are issues both Republicans and Democrats agree on. But instead of coming together and creating bipartisan legislation capable of enacting real change, Speaker Pelosi pushed through yet another political messaging bill that is dead on arrival in the Senate. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act will pass the House tonight with zero input from Republicans – shutting out the voices of millions of Americans – and zero chance of becoming law.
While Democrats pointlessly threaten to defund and dismantle the police, Republicans have put forth the JUSTICE Act, a bill that provides more training, transparency, and accountability for our law enforcement officers and the American people. This legislation, which I am a proud cosponsor of, streamlines data collection across law enforcement agencies, improves the quality of training for our police officers and holds cops with disciplinary records accountable. Our goal is to keep Americans safe. To do that we must rebuild trust between police officers and the communities they serve, not alienate our brave men and women in blue.
Republicans stand ready to work with Democrats to get this done, but, unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi is more focused on creating talking points for the election than legislating. The American people deserve better from their elected officials.”