Congressman Lamborn's Statement on Police Reform Legislation
Washington, D.C.- Today, the United States House of Representatives voted on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a bill written by House Democrats without any Republican input. This vote comes the day after Senate Democrats refused to bring the Justice Act up for debate in the Senate. Congressman Lamborn is a cosponsor of the Justice Act in the House of Representatives.
Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:
"I strongly support law enforcement who keep our communities safe, maintain law and order, and uphold the rule of law. Calls to defund the police are dangerous and must be rebuked at every turn. The vast majority of law enforcement serve their communities with honor and distinction. I truly appreciate their tireless work and devotion. However, what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy. His untimely death has shed light on much needed reforms to our police departments. This is why I am pleased to cosponsor of the House version of Senator Tim Scott’s Justice Act. The Justice Act requires use of force reporting, incentivizes chokehold bans, increases penalties for false police reporting, and encourages body-worn cameras. However, Democrats refused to work with Republicans, and instead crafted a partisan messaging bill behind closed doors that will never become law. The Democrat bill endangers the very officers that protect our communities and instead would make our communities less safe. The American people want us to act, and I am disheartened that my Democratic colleagues refuse to legislate in a bipartisan fashion to address police reform. We can and must do better."
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