WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today the House of Representatives passed the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 by a partisan vote (236-181).
The Democrats’ bill, drafted in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month, attempts to address inequalities in the criminal justice system. However, the bill incorporated no Republican input, and fails to address many constitutional issues in America’s legal system.
After the vote, Congressman Davidson made the following statement:
“I’m disappointed that even though Congress reconvened to address this important issue, House Democrats would not entertain amendments or invite bipartisan discussion on this bill. The measure makes sweeping policing reforms, without building consensus. It also omits bipartisan reforms to address practices like asset forfeiture that blatantly violate Americans’ constitutional rights.
Until there is real bipartisan discussion, Americans are unlikely to trust that Congress is seriously working to improve our criminal justice system.”