Voting for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

June 26, 2020
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June 26, 2020

Dear Friend,

This week, I voiced my support on the House floor for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a landmark police reform bill, then voted for its final passage on Thursday night. I also questioned whistleblowers from the U.S. Justice Department about Attorney General Bill Barr’s politicization of the department and called for his impeachment. I also introduced the Artificial Intelligence Careers Act aimed at improving AI education and workforce development; wrote an op-ed in The Hill about the Justice in Policing Act; voted for statehood for the District of Columbia; urged constituents to fill out U.S. Census forms; and recommended that constituents pay particular attention to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for avoiding the coronavirus as cases continue to rise around the country. Keep reading and follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what I’m doing as it happens. 

Voting for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
Questioning Justice Department Whistleblowers and Calling for Impeachment of Attorney General Barr
Introducing the Artificial Intelligence Careers Act
Writing an Op-Ed in The Hill on Justice in Policing Act
Voting for District of Columbia Statehood
Filling Out Census Forms
Weekly Health Tip - Calling Attention to Coronavirus Guidance as Case Numbers Spike
Quote of the Week
 


 
Voting for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

On Thursday, I advocated on the House floor for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, landmark legislation that makes major reforms in policing practices in response to decades of injustice. During the debate, I called attention to the Floyd case but also to Memphis victims of police violence, Darrius Steward and Steven Askew. I noted that while most cops are good, the ones who aren’t should be brought to justice. See my floor speech here and my release after final passage of the measure here.

Questioning Justice Department Whistleblowers and Calling for Impeachment of Attorney General Barr

On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee, on which I serve as a senior member, held an oversight hearing on the politicization of the Department of Justice under Attorney William Barr. The damaging testimony of Barr’s intervention on behalf of President Trump’s friends and narrow interests was overwhelming, and I called for his impeachment. See my questioning of the witnesses at the hearing here and my release on the hearing here.

Introducing the Artificial Intelligence Careers Act

On Thursday, I introduced the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Careers Act with the aim of improving AI education and workforce development.

Writing an Op-Ed in The Hill on Justice in Policing Act

On Wednesday, The Hill newspaper published my op-ed calling for passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, where I spelled out some of its critical provisions, including elements of the measure I have sponsored for years.  See that article here.

Voting for District of Columbia Statehood

On Friday, I voted for statehood for the District of Columbia. District residents have been petitioning for voting representation in Congress and local self-government for more than 200 years. The IRS’s gross collections from the District are larger than from 22 states and more per capita than from any state. I’ve supported D.C. statehood since I was a state Senator. Taxation without representation is un-American. Voting for statehood is the right thing to do, although its prospects in the Senate are not good. See my release on the vote here.

Filling Out Census Forms

By now you will have received two or more reminders that this is a U.S. Census year and that you can fill out the forms online at 2020Census.gov. I did mine online in a matter of minutes. Help your community get its fair share of our national funding and resources. Consider filling out the forms today. And see my Public Service Announcement about the Census here

Weekly Health Tip -- Calling Attention to Coronavirus Guidance as Case Numbers Spike

As my weekly health tip, I want to call attention to the alarming spike in coronavirus cases as cities begin to reopen, often without implementing basic precautionary measures like wearing masks and adhering to social distancing guidelines. I commend Mayor Strickland for signing the city’s mandatory face mask ordinance. Please consider the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols for staying safe in this ongoing pandemic: Wash your hands frequently for at least 25 seconds; keep a minimum social distance of six feet from others; wear a face mask when out in public; and avoid being in crowds of more than 10. We will get through this together. 

Quote of the Week

 “I believe that Attorney General Barr is a major threat to our legal system and to public trust in it. That is because he does not believe in its central tenet – that no person is above the law. For the past sixteen months, he has been working hard to free the president from accountability under a broad range of checks and balances that have played a critical role in our system for many decades.” – Donald B. Ayer, Former Deputy Attorney General under President George H. W. Bush and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School, at Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the politicization to the Department of Justice. 

As always, I remain
Most sincerely,

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Steve Cohen
Member of Congress