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i yield myself three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. nadler: last summer, millions of americans all across the country took to the streets to demand fundamental change in the cause of law enforcement and call for meaningful
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accountability for officers who conduct misconduct. it was the tragic death of george floyd. none of us can forget the images of the officer's knee to his neck where he said i can't breathe and ignored. after his death, the world awoke to daily indig nights and brutality that too many people, diss proportionately plaque, latino and indinnenous people face in their interactions with law enforcement. we value and respect the brave and police officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect us and our communities. most law enforcement do their jobs with dignity, selflessness and honor and deserving of our respect and honor to keep us safe. we must acknowledge there are too many exceptions. the reality for too many
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americans especially many black americans is that police officers are perceived as a threat to their liberties, their dignity and too often to their safety. our country's history of racism and racially motivated violence haupts our nation we have seen it in the covid deaths and economic inequality falls on the backs of african-americans and we see it in harassment and excessive force that many people of color experience by law enforcement. that is why we must act today. the george floyd justice in policing act will allow for accountability and effectively bans chokeholds and religious and racial profiling and limits militarization of local policing and encourages police departments to have gold
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standards in training to reduce police violence and significant data collection including the national data to prevent the movement of dangerous officers from department to department. in addition, this legislation creates a pros to reimagine how public safety can work in a just way in each community. within weeks of the protests that galvanized, the house passed the legislation before us today. the pleas for justice fell on deaf ears in the senate. since then, over 600 more people disproportionately people of color, have been killed by law enforcement officers. the time for action is now. i want to thank the gentlewoman from california, ms. bass, for crafting this bold yet responsible legislation, and i resevere the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield 2 1/2 to the gentleman from ohio. >> i rise today in opposition of h.r. 1280 george floyd policing in justice act. it is important to garner the justice act legislation that senator scott and i introduced is ag product as a law enforcement officer from minnesota and senator scott. the justice act increases body cameras and implements due to intervene and improves hiring and rerecruitment processes and community policing to rebuild the relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities that they serve. the justice act which received bipartisan support last congress
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includes several critical provisions that are supported by the national criminal justice commission act and the closing of law enforcement loophole act and includes legislation that vice president harris introduced . unfortunately we are not considering the justice act today. we are once again exploring political gamesmanship through h.r. 1280. when we voted on this last year, the democrats knew it was dead upon passage. my good friends in the problem solver caucus decided that this was too important to let go. we worked with representatives on both sides of the aisle with representatives from the congressional black caucus and legal backgrounds on areas where we could find compromise between the justice in policing act and
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we discussed no-knock warrants, its use of force, record retention and so much more. we were making great head way i believe we could have put together a bipartisan package for our american communities who have been calling for change. the other side walked away. as the election grew knew the priorities shifted. their fight to retain power became more important than providing reform. we are here again, mr. speaker, to vote on the exact same bill without a single change, a bill that has zero input from republicans, zero input or support from our law enforcement community. zero input or support from our law enforcement community.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 15 minutes. >> we all want police reform and want change. until we work together, this legislation is just another messaging bill from our democrat colleagues. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield three minutes to the chief sponsor of this legislation, representative bass. the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. bass: 30 years ago today, rodney king was viciously beaten by police officers in los angeles the first time that the world witnessed that the world has been trying to change. personally, i was hopeful that once everyone saw what happens in black communities that
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policing would change. i was certain that no one would deny and the officers would be convicted. they were acquitted and even hired from other police departments. when people told their stories, they were simply not believed. the story was always the same. i was in fear of my life. i thought they had a gun sm the person was resisting arrest. that is all that was needed for it to be discounted and dismissed and the individuals lives had little value. these are children here. this is an eight-year-old, a 10-year-old and mother placed on the ground because the mother was suspected of stealing a car. several years after rodney king's beating, cell phones were and trying to document. there are many tapes and
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examples of individuals being shot and killed by officers and transformation of policing in america has still not happened. passing the george floyd policing in justice act will be the first step. the bill raises the standards for policing and holding officers accountable who fail to uphold the ethics of preserving their communities. i'm certain that police officers who risk their lives are concerned about their profession and don't want to work in an environment where they are chastised when they see a police officer use deadly force when it is not necessary and police officers want to make sure they are trained in the best practices in policing. to support officers, this legislation will create the first ever national accreditation standards for the operation of police departments and national standards for police officers and establish hiring, de-escalation and if
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first had better training they would understand that someone can verbally express i cannot breathe, that they are not faking. and despite our best intentions there will be officers who cross over the line. that is why this bill includes strong accountability measures both as a matter of simple justice. a profession where you have the power to kill should be a profession that requires highly trained officers who are accountable. that this is what this bill accomplishes. police officers who are the first to say it is unfair and not trained to be social workers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. . . ms. bass: the justice in
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policing act reen invests in our -- reinvests in our communities. the bill bans chokeholds. if the bill would have been law last year, breonna taylor would not have been shot to death in her sleep because no-knock warrants for drug offenses would have been illegal. if a national registry would have been in effect, it would have been revealed that the 12-year-old killed -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. bass: i ask my colleagues to support the george floyd justice in policing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield one minute to the gentleman from arizona, mr. biggs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. biggs: i thank the gentleman. and mr. speaker, the congressional budget office confirmed earlier this week that the justice in policing act contains an unfunded mandate by requiring onerous data collection reporting from state and local law enforcement. this includes granular data collection on such basic law
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enforcement activities like traffic stops. c.b.o. estimates that this unfunded mandate placed on state and local law enforcement will cost several hundred million dollars. the consequences of h.r. 1280 are clear. it would drain resources away from important public safety activities. instead, law enforcement officers will have to spend their time reporting their data to washington, d.c., from behind a desk. make no mistake, this bill defunds the police. additionally, this bill -- any member who is opposed to defunding the police should be opposing this bill. this legislation will also lower the mens res standard. and leave our communities vulnerable to crime and severely limits the department of defense's 1033 program. make no mistake, regardless whatever you may feel about this bill, this bill defunds police. we can never forget that. if you oppose defunding the
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police, you should be opposing this bill, like i am. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: the tragic death of george floyd has awakened the nation, the world. last summer in response to the call for action from righteous protesters across the nation, we had to stand up and we know that eight minutes and 46 seconds are printed and imprinted in the brains of those around the world. there is no defunding of the police. it is standing up the police and the community. today, we are honored that the george floyd family did not turn to bitterness, but they turned to justice. the parents, his daughter, his
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siblings, we know that we will be ending racial profiling now. we know that we will have qualified immunity for justice in the courts. we know there will be training on racial bias. we'll ban no-knock. we'll ban chokeholds. we'll make sure we end the racial profiling that caused george to come out of a grocery store and have someone's neck -- knee on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. the world stood up. the world stood up, and justice is about to be rained on us. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: the gentlelady just said there is no defunding of the police. democrat-controlled cities around the country, austin, texas, $150 million cut. baltimore, maryland, $22 million. boston, $12 million. columbus, $23 million. eureka, california, $1.2 million. hartford, $2 million. madison, wisconsin, $2 million.
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minneapolis, $8 million. new york, $1 billion. norman, $865,000. oklahoma city, $5.5 million. philadelphia, $33 million. portland, oregon, $3 million. san francisco, $120 million. seattle, $69 million. washington, d.c., $15 million cut. that's what democrats have done over the last year. i would yield one minute to the gentleman from the great state of utah, mr. owens. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. owens: thank you. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to h.r. 1280. i spent the last week talking with law enforcement officers in utah. these men and women are heroes. they're good, honest officers who risk their lives every day to keep us safe. i asked them about h.r. 1280 and this is what they said and i quote. this will destroy public safety. we haven't done anything to earn this type of distrust. this will push good enforcement out of the business. utah is an amazing place.
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we have the right to protect. let's keep them here. police reform is necessary. we need to give officers the tools they need to fairly enforce the law. but this legislation paints a target on the back of every police officer in america. in salt lake city, we saw a 38% increase in homicides. at the same time, salt lake cut $5.3 million from the police department's budget. it should be no surprise that the voluntary resignations doubled. this bill -- this bill simply defunds the police. not in utah's fourth district. not now. not ever. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i would simply point out that this bill does nothing about these -- all the cities that we talked about, it doesn't mention any cities. i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from tennessee, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute.
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mr. cohen: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of the george floyd justice in policing act. i started my career as the legal advisor to the memphis police department. there were many fine policemen, and most of them never used a chokehold, never used their gun, operating admirably. osome did -- some did not. the disproportionate share that african-americans had by killings from police -- you can't think about george floyd being choked with a knee and killed for eight minutes, you can't think of eric garner being wrestled down like a prize trophy animal and killed in staten island. and tamir rice. these deaths require us to act. this is not defund the police. this is reform the police and save human lives. we need to pass this bill today. we should have passed it 40 years ago when i was a police attorney. pass it now. i yield back the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, mr. speaker. i would yield two minutes to the gentlelady from the great state of florida, mrs. cammack. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes from the state of florida. mrs. cammack: mr. speaker, i rise today to speak in strong opposition to the efforts by you and your colleagues to defund our police. this week we will be voting on h.r. 1280, the george floyd justice in policing act. this bill is named after a man who was murdered by a police officer. the officer responsible should have never been allowed to dawn a badge and act on behalf of the agency sworn to protect its citizens. he should and is being held accountable. as a member of the first responder family i can say definitively on behalf of our officers, there is nothing, nothing that a good cop hates more than a bad cop. as the wife of a first responder, this issue could not be more personal to me. my husband serves our local community as a firefighter and a swat medic. for our local sheriff's department.
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and next to me here today you see one of his swat vests. this is the same vest he wore for 14 hours while on a massive manhunt for a man who had just been released from prison who promptly raped and killed his girlfriend. it's the same vest he wore while responding to a man who had barricaded himself with weapons, threatening to kill his own children. these are just some of the scenes that this vest and my husband has seen, like so many of our l.e.o.'s. the real threat is not the dangerous situations my husband has seen in protecting his community. it's the fact that this bill and by extension you, mr. speaker, want to take this vest off my husband's back because, yes, what this bill does is take this kind of equipment off the backs of our men and women in uniform. i ask you, mr. speaker and my colleagues who are considering voting for this bill, are you waking up at 2:00 a.m. going to respond to a gruesome murder? are you missing your children's birthday parents to respond to gang shootings? there is absolutely room for us to improve. there is absolutely room and a necessity for us to do better.
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it's not to defund the police. what this bill ultimately does is defund the police. you want to better train, more responsive police force in your hometown, fully fund the police. you say this is a reform bill, and i say that's b.s. mr. speaker, your own conference members have been advocating for the defunding of our local police officers, calling them names i cannot and will not repeat here today. in fact, many of your members -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mrs. cammack: of their platform. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized for one minute. mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, george floyd died under the knee of a police officer 302 days ago. in that time since then, 797 people, more than 2 1/2 every day have died during encounters with law enforcement. black americans are 2 1/2 times
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as likely as white americans to be killed by the police. police use of force is now the sixth leading cause of death for young black men in this country. this cannot continue. it's time to address systemic racism in policing. this bill will begin to do that. it ends chokeholds. it will hold bad officers accountable, combat racial profiling and will demilitarize police departments. this bill is about ensuring accountability and restoring trust between law enforcement and their communities. both the police and the community deserve that and will benefit from it. i'm proud to be a co-sponsor and urge my colleagues to support it. i would say, mr. speaker, there's been a lot of discussion about defunding the police. the only party in this chamber defunding the police are the republicans who just voted against billions of dollars to support local and state government, first responders, police officers. we supported that. we're funding the police. they voted to defund it. this bill restores relationships between the police and the community. i urge its passage. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman has reserved. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. gimenez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. mr. gimenez: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in opposition to this egregious, so-called police reform bill. the process used to craft this bill is nonsense. in an almost functioning congress, the speaker would bring republicans and democrats to discuss ways to push needed police reforms. in this dysfunctional congress, we have a bill that strips frontline officers from qualified immunity that will weaken and possibly destroy our communities' police forces. as mayor and sheriff on the maim-d -- miami-dade county and a swat medic myself, i ensured my community was supported from lawlessness. officers perform vital tasks, requiring split-second decisions under intense circumstances. taking away qualified immunity will lead to police officers not taking the decisive actions and rendering impossible to do this job. without this security, officers
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will resign and deplete our police officers, leaving our communities, the very ones who need a strong police force the most, less safe and costing the lives of countless americans. i encourage all my colleagues to vote against this dangerous bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from washington, ms. jayapal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from washington is recognized for one minute. ms. jayapal: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to strongly support the george floyd justice in policing act and to say black lives matter. i rise for charlena miles, tony mcdade, george floyd, breonna taylor, eric garner, atatiana jefferson, at the nearbia -- tanicsha anderson, botham jean. i rise for all of our black siblings who have been killed by
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law enforcement because there are far too many to say all of their names. i rise for the black lives matter protesters who were met with aggression, tear gas, and force while white domestic terrorists were met with none of these things. i rise to answer the call of millions of people led by black voices who have taken to the streets demanding transformative change. i rise because that change begins today by once again passing the george floyd justice in policing act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. steube. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. steube: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of our nation's law enforcement. blessed are the peace makers for they will be called children of god. since last summer, members of law enforcement have faced attacks and dangerous rhetoric. even from members of this body. as officers put their lives on the line to protect all of our
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us -- us, our communities and our families, we've seen those from the left to defund, dismantle the police. national guard, increased police presence to protect you but you don't want to protect our citizens. this would end qualified immunity. it is applicable when they follow their protocols. if we repeal qualified immunity, we will not find anyone who is willing to serve as cops because they will be sued for everything they do for doing their jobs. this bill would deny them protective gear and equipment. the democrats and radical left will defund, dismantle departments, take away officers' liability protection for doing their job and take away their physical protection from rm had a. we will be lucky to have the police force in america in 10 years. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman mr. nadler: i yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady
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georgia, mrs. mcbath. mrs. mcbath: i'm so proud of our many officers in georgia's 6th congressional district and here in the capitol i'm proud of them that do all they can to keep our families safe. they are better at ensuring everyone's safety. these officers know the people they serve. they see them as brothers, sisters and neighbors and serve with honor and respect and dignity of every citizen. this bill is about making sure that every officer in every department is held to the same standard as has been set by the officers in my own district. by passing the george floyd policing in justice act and provide grants to communities finding new ways to improve safety. this bill ensures all of our
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police officers have the resources to become our very best police officers. and that they are all working to make sure that every single one of us is safer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: i yield one minute to the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: whenever the left takes control of local law enforcement, the result is predictable and catastrophic. they act to defund the police, deliberately withhold protection from law awe and declare sactuaries and decline to charge criminals. and we are now suffering the result. skyrocketing homicides, shootings and other violent crimes preying on the decent citizens of our intercitizens.
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after their summer of love and lawlessness, look at the results. store fronts are boarded up and buildings are boarded arnold palmer frankly the democrats in congress would not be my first choice to micro manage every police department across this country. the target is not isolated abuse by law enforcement officers but law enforcement itself. as we can now see law enforcement, there is no law. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: no matter how many times the other side says it defunds the police, it doesn't make it true. i yield one minute to the the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoish. -- ohioer.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, it would be an irresponsible policy to defund the police and we are not for me. you can say it over and over and over again. it will be a lie. no matter how well it serves your political purposes, it will be a lie. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of this legislation. i want to thank representative bass and members of the congressional plaque caucus for their leadership last year and now. i want to thank my friend, chairman nadler, and the judiciary committee for their hard work. i am proud to be an original sponsor.
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and if i thought this defunded the police, i would not be for it. now that won't affect you in your debate, i understand that. any more than it affected you in recognizing the legitimacy of the presidential election. i am proud to be an original sponsor. in june of last year, the house passed this bill because we recognized that something had to be changed. change could not wait. change waited too long in the jim crow south. change has waited too long throughout this country, north,
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east, west and south. when we mournfully say the names of george floyd, brie anna taylor, eric garner, michael brown, orlando casteeo, freddie gray, and the list goes on and on and on and on. enough, my colleagues. enough. we must change the psychology of how we treat people. i don't mean police alone, i mean all of us. but all of us don't carry guns.
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all of us have not been given extraordinary authority by the public we serve. and because we give certain people in this country extraordinary authority to take our freedom away, and yes, to take our lives away, we must ensure accountability to the use of that power, just the voters ensure accountability for the power they give to us. when we hear about african-american parents having to teach their sons to act in encounters with police so they don't become victims, it's time for change. and when we feel the energy of americans of every faith and every age, taking peacefully to
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the protests, we know that change must come now. i know how you lament the use of violence. i saw that on january 6. peaceful demonstrations. martin luther king was locked up. rosa parks was locked up. for a crime? of course. parks on the bus and that is illegal. illegal a law that ought not to be abade. but they paid the consequence. they had the courage and fortitude to do that. that's why we took action last
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year passing the george floyd policing in justice. this addresses chokeholds. stand if you justify that action. it addresses no-knock warrants like the one that led to the tragic and preventable death of taylor and resources to police departments on ending racial profiling. content of character. did we not learn that lesson, not the color of skin? or the cut of the cloth you wear? or the part in your hair?
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we ask to follow best practices. with that power and authority we have given you. best practices in police training to help ensure the rights of those who encounter police as well as the safety of those involved. this bill also brings justice closer to victims and their families by facilitating under appropriate circumstances their ability to seek redress of grievances. this bill is not only intended to protect people but meant to help keep police safe and helping them to keep their communities safe. there is not a member of this body, i think i can safely say who has attended more frequently
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the annual national law enforcement memorial fund ceremony down at the law enforcement memorial. now, i'm local. but i dare say that no member in this body has attended that more frequently or more supported of that law enforcement or more supportive of my local sheriffs' and police departments. they are critically important. of course, we don't want to defund them. we have to have a safe society if democracy is going to prevail. that's why we have law enforcement. i have heard from so many law enforcement officials who are concerned about this. just as we are concerned about a politician who commits a crime. why? because it reflects on all of
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us. all of those poll tissue answer and crooks. somebody out there is saying amen. that is why this is important. because there are so many thousands of honest, hard-working, courageous, dedicated police officers, he and most police officers are good and decent men and women serving with honor and they want to know their ranks are deprived of mistrust that endanger the safety of them and their colleagues. this is just the beginning of a larger effort to require the senate and white house to ensure that victims of misconduct and their families get the justice they deserve while police departments have the support of funding they need to keep our
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communities safe. sadly when we passed this the senate refused to even consider. they were in charge. they put no bill of their own on the floor. i apologize, mr. jordan is correct. now, however, with the democratic senate majority, i hope i can see action and work with senator scott and come to a resolution, because this problem will not go away if we don't help it. we will not save lives if we don't act. i know this is a top priority for senate democrats and president biden and vice president harris. i hope we will see the george floyd police in justice act and be signed into law this congress.
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mr. speaker, this bill is a necessary bill. to respond to a crisis throughout our country. certainly not by every member of law enforcement. but by the minority of law enforcement officers. just as my colleagues og both sides of the aisle are a credit to the service in this house. not all, but the overwhelming majority. let's pass this bill. let's act for justice. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to direct questions to the care and not to each other. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: the majority leader said enough is enough. i couldn't agree more. last summer, democrats called
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for unrest in the streets and called antifa a myth and pushed for defunding the police all across this country. when you call for unrest in the streets, guess what happens? you get more unress in the straits. when you raise money to bail out rioters, guess what happens? when you call antifa a myth? guess what happens? you get more attacks on people and guess what happens when you call for defunding the police, you get more crime and when you fail to condemn violence, whether it happens on january 6 or last summer, you get more violence. everyone should understand that. seems like democrats don't. we had a bill in the house. representative was a and when we
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had a markup. they wouldn't take any of them. nope. nope. got to be this bill. didn't want to work with us to deal with the real concern because we noticed with what happened to mr. floyd was wrong. but, no. they wouldn't take our amendments. we should work together on this. but they don't want to do it. they don't want republicans to vote for it and we would like to solve the problem. we would like to solve the problem. . . . you know what else happens? police retire. 72% increase of retirement of police officers in new york city alone. think what it's like around the country. that's what happens when you send the message that democrats sent all last summer. it's wrong. we shouldn't stand for it. yield one minute to the gentleman from texas.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. >> i thank the gentleman from ohio. officer tiffany victoria enrekezz, officer kalama, officer katherine mary tine, coy go on and on. 113 times the names of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, who were killed last year in 2020, 113. we are on the floor of the house of representatives with a bill gutting the qualified immunity that helps protect our law enforcement officers, without so much as a hearing, without so much as coming back to talk to us and work with us since last june. mr. roy: why? because this is all political. this is all political. we talk about defunding, i'm from austin, texas. $150 million cut from the police bunt there -- budget there. when did my democrat colleagues do? jam through half a billion doll
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yars funding the cities that are gutting our law enforcement officers. taking away what they need to exist. what happened in austin, a 50% increase in murder rate. we lost -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. roy: this bill is a sham. we should oppose it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: no matter how many times republicans may say the contrary, democrats have never called for defunding the police. i now yield one minute to the -- distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. jefferies. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. jefferies: we respect every single officer who has died in the line of duty. the question is, why don't you respect those black and latino individuals who were shot in the back? choked to death? beaten nearly unconscious. or have a knee to the neck strangling the life out of them for 8:46. why don't you respect them? that's what the george flood
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justice in policing act is all about. we respect police officers, those who protect and serve, but we have a challenge with police violence, police brutality, and the police abuse of force. cannot be denied. video avido avido. don't believe us, believe -- video avido, after video. don't believe us, believe your eyes. 30 years ago, rodney king was beaten, on this very day. and we thought it would be different. but 30 years later nothing has changed in terms of accountability and reining in -- reining in those officers who cross the line. it's time to pass the george floyd policing act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. tiffany. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. mr. tiffany: mr. speaker, this bill ignores the harm that
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anti-law enforcement rhetoric and unchecked violence have inflicted on our communities and our police. since last year we have seen businesses and communities terrorized, burned, and looted by criminal gangs and thugs. while some elected officials justify the violence, called for defunding the police, and move to tie the hands of law enforcement. in essence, lawlessness prevailed and accountability failed. this legislation doubles down on that failed policy. in my home state of wisconsin we watch city officials in madison and milwaukee stand by as violent rioters destroyed property. mr. tiffany: monuments, shops and livelihood. sheriffs are having recruiting issues and retention. it's a backdoor to the misguided defund the police efforts. defunding the police does not make the police safer. mr. speaker, this bill empowers criminals while stripping cops of the tools they need to do their jobs and the due process
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guaranteed to them by the constitution. it exposes law enforcement officers and their families to potentially rhett tribbution by criminals. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york virginia tech. mr. nadler: -- the gentleman new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i yield 40 seconds to the distinguished gentlelady from minnesota, ms. omar. the speaker pro tempore: the distinguished lady from minnesota is recognized for 45 seconds. ms. omar: i, like so many in my community of minneapolis, are still traumatized. i watched horrified for eight minutes and 46 seconds as george floyd's life was taken from him, another innocent black man murdered by the police in our community. time and time again we have witnessed the people who are sworn to protect our communities abuse their power. my city is not an outliar but rather an example of the inequalities our country has
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struggled with for centuries. brutality against unarmed black men and women is not a new phenomenon. today we find ourselves at a crossroads. will we have the moral courage to pursue justice and secure -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. omar: come to this moment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlelady from minnesota. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from minnesota is recognized for one minute. >> thank you to my colleague from ohio for yielding. mrs. fischbach: here we go again about to vote on a divisive bill shall pushed through by the majority route wouth any republican input. disguised as accountability, this bill hinders law enforcement's ability to do their job. it limits the readiness of law enforcement and demonizes an entire profession for the actions of a few. a bill from my minnesota colleague, mr. stauber, former
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police officer himself, accomplishes many of the aims of this bill before us today and has bipartisan support from the stakeholders involved. but democrats rejected it. picking partisanship over real reform to help and improve law enforcement. we do not deny there is work to be done, but the path to getting it done is working together to ensure that law enforcement develops the necessary tools to keep our communities safe and protect the rights of people they serve. i urge my colleagues to vote no and work on a bill that will really help law enforcement and the citizens. and i thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from pennsylvania, ms. dean. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. dean: thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, madam speaker.
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any man's death diminishes me. we will never forget the world will never get as we watched, as a police officer knelt on george floyd's neck for more than eight minutes. george floyd cried out for his mother. saying momma, momma, momma. momma. momma. i can't breathe. i love you. tell my kids i love them. i'm dead. as he was murdered by an officer sworn to protect and serve. americans of all races and backgrounds flooded the streets across this nation demanding long overdue accountability so that no one has to live in fear of the police. they demanded that we recognize george floyd's death and the deaths of so many others at the hands of the police. these killings have left the black community and much more importantly our entire community traumatized and scarred. wounds cannot heal without accountability.
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this is not an anti-police bill. the george floyd justice in policing bill is for eric garner -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. dean: and so many more. any man's death diminishes me. thank you, madam speaker. joip the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. fitzgerald. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. fitzgerald: madam speaker, i rise today in opposition to h.r. 1280 and defunding the police. when vandalism and violence bage cities across the country last summer, our law enforcement officers were the thin blue line protecting us. the violence reached communities from new york city to portland. it even hit places in my district. and we saw our local law enforcement act heroically. unfortunately, as both son and father of law enforcement officials, this bill is a step in the wrong direction. the bill substantially reduces due process for police officers, restricts access to needed
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equipment, and makes it more difficult to get critical funding. our law enforcement officers need more funding not less. more funding will help our officers get additional training to de-escalate conflicts and more equipment to keep all parties safe. instead of focusing on how we can help the police build trust in the communities, this bill focuses on how we can take from the police. clearly the bill is designed to satisfy those that seek to defund and dismantle the police. none of this bill serves to build trust between law enforcement and their communities. like every occupation -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished speaker of the house, ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. the speaker: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman from new
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york, the distinguished chair of the judiciary committee, for bringing this important legislation to the floor. i commend congresswoman karen bass, madam chair, for your great leadership in this important legislation. madam speaker, nearly one year ago george floyd gasped his last words, i can't breathe. and ignited a nationwide reckoning on the racial injustice and police brutality in america. americans from every corner of the country took to the streets to peacefully protest violence against black americans. waving black lives matter flags, chanting the names of the murdered, repeated george floyd's dying words, i can't breathe. they turned their agony into action but tragically despite these mass protests, the injustice, killings continued. those protests were global. they were all over the world.
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here as members of congress and as americans, we cannot accept this epidemic of injustice. we cannot stay silent when one -- when our mouse vulnerable and historically marginalized communities, people of color, those living in poverty, americans with disabilities are being targeted an sometimes killed. that is why today the house will again pass the george floyd justice in policing act and send it to the senate and the president's desk so that it can finally become the law of the land. i salute congresswoman karen bass who has been relentless, bercies tept, and absolutely courageous in her leadership on this legislation. thank you to the congressional blackhawks -- black caucus and chair, and judiciary chair, gerry 2345d letter, thank you. the george floyd justice in policing act, fundamentally
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transforms policing with strong unprecedented preform. this legislation will not erase centuries of systemic racism and excessive policing in america. it will not bring back george floyd, breonna taylor, say her name, breonna taylor, or the countless other men and women who died or were senselessly injured. but it will make a tremendous, take a tremendous step toward stop the violence, stem the suffering, and start to build a healthier, better relationship between law enforcement and communities that they respect. all of us here salute and are proudly -- profoundly grateful to our law enforcement here. i grew up in a family, public service family, my father my whole life at home was near baltimore. my brother was later, thomas, in baltimore. and they had a motto about the
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police. be true to the men in blue. of course this was a long time ago. be true to the men in blue. i was i was raised with that respect. prayerfully that these people, our men and women, now men and women in uniform, whether they're police or fire, but addressing police here, our first responders left home when they left to go to work, not knowing their familys -- their families not knowing if they would return home because they were risking their lives to save lives and to protect all of us. so it was great prayerful attitude toward most of the men and women in blue that we sadly have to say that our appreciation for them cannot lapse into apathy or acceptance of actions that are fundamentally incompatible with the purpose of policing. the purpose of policing.
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of course we all -- there's not anyone on our side of the aisle who has advocated any policy in this body to defund the police, contrary to misrepresentations that are coming. all of us here salute and profoundly are grateful for our law enforcement heroes. as the national organization of black law enforcement executives writes, the passage of this act is paramount in achieving the fundamental principle of a police force that protects and serves every citizen of their community with fairness, accountability and transparency in their actions. the democratic congress, together with the biden-harris administration, is committed to not only ensuring that this legislation becomes law, but to take further action to end
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violence and advance justice in america. let us ensure that the passage of the george floyd justice in policing act is the first of many steps in this direction. to the family of george floyd that came here when the bill was being reviewed by your committee, mr. chairman, you remember what day, we couldn't be in your committee room because of covid, but they came and they asked me that day, they said, madam speaker, will you name this bill for our brother, his brother asked that question. i said, only if you think it is worthy of your brother. i think of george floyd at least once a day. sometimes more. and you know why. not just because of the sadness of it all, but i think of him because they tell us that in
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order to be safe from covid, we must wash our hands for 20 seconds. as i'm washing my hands for 20 seconds, at about eight or nine seconds i'm thinking, this is taking forever. i can't do this for 20 seconds. it takes too long. and then i think of george floyd. eight minutes and 46 seconds. that's a long time. it's a long time. as congresswoman dean said, calling out for his mother, extending love to his family. ok. let us ensure that george's brother, when he said george's name means something, and that daddy changed the world, as his daughter said, with this legislation, let us take an important step in changing the world for george's family, for all communities of color, for
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all americans, for the whole world. with that, madam speaker, i urge a strong bipartisan vote on the george floyd justice in policing act, i thank karen bass again, madam chair. thank you so much, again. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i just point out that the speaker of the house should -- said we should respect the police, madam speaker. but the speaker of the house named an individual to conduct a review of the breach of the capitol on january 6 and that individual has insulted the very police who protect us. i would yield one minute to the gentlelady from georgia, mrs. taylor greene. the speaker pro tempore: the member from georgia is recognized. mr. taylor: madam speaker, i rise in opposition to -- ms. taylor greene: madam
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speaker, i rise in opposition to h.r. 1280. you know what's terrifying to the american people? watching democrats try to pass a defund the police bill, the same democrats that cheered on and supported riots that burned american cities. the same democrats that shared minnesota freedom fund bail bond links supporting criminals and helping them get out of jail. this bill is atrocious. shame on all of you. this hurts our police officers. april 29, 2010, my friend, jonathan edwards, was shot in the line of duty. if that happened today in this -- and this bill is passed, getting rid of qualified immunity allows the criminal that shot him to be able to sue him simply because they're upset that they were arrested. this same bill will also allow that criminal that shot him to be able to put his name on a national hit list that will be made public, whether police
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officers are found to be -- to have done wrong or not. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. taylor greene: this is shameful. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. members are reminded to direct their remarks to the chair and not to each other. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. johnson: i thank the chairman. madam speaker, the george floyd justice in policing act is a critical step towards ensuring a country where black people are treated as equal citizens, not just in theory, but in real life. this bill weaves into our laws the truism that black lives matter. this bill will help build trust between law enforcement and the communities that they are sworn to protect and serve. equal justice under the law may
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be etched atop the entrance to this nation's highest court. but it is not a privilege enjoyed by each of us. we must act now to ensure that we protect the humanity of every person, stand up for the principle of equal justice for all. i urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to vote yes for the george floyd justice in policing act. and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i would yield one minute to the gentleman from virginia, in cline. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. cline: thank you, madam speaker. the death of george floyd last year led the communities across the nation to come together to speak out against injustices, call for additional accountability and transparency in policing, and advocate for solutions that could move us forward together as a nation. but instead of working with republicans to find a bipartisan solution, the democrat majority has once again written a partisan bill to ram through the house, no committee markup, no open
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amendments, no meaningful bipartisan collaboration. that's not what the american people september us here to do. this legislation will im-- sent us here to do. this legislation will impede the ability for police officers to do their job. our dedicated police officers who serve our communities work tirelessly to ensure that lawlessness does not prevail and our -- in our streets and our neighborhoods. the effect of this bill on our men and women in law enforcement is to levy unfunded mandates on local governments, force law enforcement to leave their profession and, yes, defund the police. and as you said, madam speaker, defund the police is not a slogan, but a policy demand. i vote no on this. i urge my colleagues to vote no. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. jones. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. jones: i thank the distinguished gentlelady from california, karen bass, for her leadership, as well as the congressional black caucus, for always speaking truth to power. madam speaker, today we take a
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stride towards ending racism in policing, but this is just the beginning. we must recognize that systemic racism extends well beyond law enforcement. systemic racism is the way governments have deliberately impoverished black families, then conditioned medical care on our ability to pay. it is the way we fund our public schools, a largely property tax-based system that concentrates tens of billions more dollars in white communities than in black and brown communities throughout america. it is the way we run our elections, purging black voters, especially in southern states, from the rolls and closing the polls in black neighborhoods. we can't stop until we eradicate systemic racism in all of its forms. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. bishop. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. bishop: i thank the gentleman for yielding. thank you, madam speaker. the insidious and false pretext for this legislation endangers and ends lives.
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the bill rests on a false premise and promotes a false narrative that police are racist and use their power to advance racist ends. that narrative is a false and despicable slander. police officers do not leave their loved ones and risk their own lives, every shift to oppress and discriminate, they do it to serve. they do it without fanfare and for little pay and they've come to anticipate abuse in place of the respect they deserve. they do it to save lives. but the reckless defund the police rhetoric behind this legislation is forcing police to retreat and to leave the vulnerable at the mercy of those who prey upon them. you should run from that rhetoric. as you are. madam speaker, you called the police rotten to the root and called for it to be dismantled. that rhetoric is killing people. please stop the political games. stop slandering law
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enforcement. stop endangering our communities. back the blue. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: madam speaker, no matter how many times republicans say that this bill defunds the police, it doesn't change the fact that it does not defund the police. i now yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from missouri, ms. bush. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from missouri is recognized. ms. bush: madam speaker, first of all, we shouldn't be talking about good police and bad police. there should just be police that are doing their job to serve and protect the people. so let's make that clear. there's no such thing as good police, there's no good nurse, when you go get food, you don't go look for the -- this place has a good chef this one has a bad chef. i'm going to go where the bad chef is. we don't need -- we don't need this good police, bad police. we need police. if we're going to have police. but i'll move on. madam speaker, st. louis and i rise on behalf of the more than
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788 people who have been killed by law enforcement over the last year. we rise 30 years to the day after the ruthless beating of rodney king. we rise in honor of breonna taylor who was brutally gunned down by police in her home last march. we rise for george floyd and all those who have been killed by police since his torture and murder. those names, william burgess, mark brewer, deion johnson, tony mcdade, rashard brooks, ruben smith, kamal flowers, robert harris, joseph denton, vincent truitt. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. bush: angelo grooms. amir johnson. kasey goodman. the more than 100 people whose names have been with held by police. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is no longer recognized. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is
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recognized. >> order. order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is no longer recognized. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. jordan: madam speaker, chairman of the committee said several times democrats are not for defunding the police. i would just point out, madam speaker, the individual presiding over this session said, defunding the police is not a slogan, it is a policy demand. i would yield one minute to the gentleman from ohio, mr. davidson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davidson: i thank the gentleman. madam speaker, the justice in policing act was crafted in response to george floyd's murder. almost no one believes that that was justifiable. partisans have snatched this moment of unity to further divide our nation. and how have they done that? look at this debate.
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speaker after speaker has hurled insults, falsely claiming that no republicans support reform. it's true we don't support this reform, but the majority has refused to even consider amendments or alternatives to this partisan bill. an essential component of any justice in policing bill would correct current injustice. i only have time to mention one. warrantless surveillance of american citizens is wrong. get a warrant. last year conservatives and progressives united around this point and the speaker blocked debate or amendment to pfizer re-authorization. now the -- fisa re-authorization. now the same tactics are being deployed. every member of congress is here to represent american citizens and denying us amendments denies all americans a voice. don't politicize something that can heal and unitas. vote no on this bill
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