WASHINGTON — In a vote mostly along party lines, the House approved a far-reaching police overhaul proposed by Democrats on Thursday. Republican Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan, Will Hurd of Texas and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania crossed the line to vote with Democrats.
Rep. Andy Biggs called the bill a product of the “radical left” which would “nationalize state and local police agencies and undermine the good work that the vast majority of peace officers perform in our communities.” Biggs stated the bill was part of an effort that is “dangerous for the future of our freedoms and our safety.”
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick tweeted that the bill was just “one step in a series of necessary steps.”
📢 I talked to NUMEROUS law enforcement officers in my district. They know this Democrat-only bill would completely undermine their ability to protect our communities. We NEED to pass a bipartisan bill that can actually get signed into law, so we can work to heal our country. pic.twitter.com/zt5SPcsL1k
— Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) June 26, 2020
George Floyd died one month ago today—this has been a painful, reflective period for our nation. Today, we took an essential step to heal that pain by passing the #JusticeinPolicing Act, long overdue legislation to combat structural racism through measurable, meaningful reforms. pic.twitter.com/HajgvcsYlg
— Rep. Greg Stanton (@RepGregStanton) June 26, 2020
The Democrats’ police reform bill will nationalize policing while resulting in higher crime, less policing, and less safety for Americans.
That ALWAYS means that there will be less respect for rights of individuals in this country.
I’m urging all of my colleagues to vote NO. pic.twitter.com/13ySI1v9d3
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) June 25, 2020
Today, I voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This bill is not a cure-all, but a critical step to address systemic racism & rebuild broken trust between police & our communities. We must continue to work together to make change. #AZ01 https://t.co/2GVs9tcJKq
— Rep. Tom O’Halleran (@RepOHalleran) June 26, 2020
Police are an asset to our communities. It is crucial that we as Congress work together and create useful policing reform, with strong bipartisan support, that will increase training and resources in our communities. pic.twitter.com/nbjrzYSjNw
— Rep. David Schweikert (@RepDavid) June 26, 2020
Just a month after his tragic death due to police brutality, George Floyd’s legacy remains alive in the legislation we passed today.
— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) June 26, 2020
— Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (@RepKirkpatrick) June 26, 2020
Walking back today from voting NO on the Democrats anti-police and pro-criminal bill. They want to micromanage police officers. Without one hearing. No police officer testimony. They have no clue what or how to arrest someone. It’s embarrassing how silly Democrats are. pic.twitter.com/sRJFGa2LFy
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) June 26, 2020