Stauber’s Commonsense Police Reform Bill Blocked by House Democrats for Third Time

November 19, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last August, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) introduced legislation that would fund better training for police officers, increase the number of body cameras, and fund important grants to police departments that help with community policing. Today, during debate on the House Floor, a motion was made to bring up three additional funding bills for consideration, including Congressman Stauber’s police reform funding bill. The motion was blocked on a party line vote of 227-169.

Following this vote, Congressman Stauber stated, “It is unfortunate House Democrats have once again blocked my efforts to bring police reform legislation to the Floor. As the American people continue to suffer from this health crisis and subsequent economic disaster, they also continue to call for justice for their fellow Americans. We are back in Washington, D.C. after seven weeks, and not one item on the Speaker’s agenda is an answer to the American people’s call nor provides them with relief. I am disappointed with this blatant display of partisanship. Both sides of the aisle must get back to work to deliver results and relief for the American people.”

Prior to the vote, Congressman Stauber spoke on the House Floor about the need for Congress to get to work and deliver results for the American people. Watch his full remarks HERE.

BACKGROUND:

As a former Duluth police officer, Congressman Stauber has led bipartisan police reform efforts in the House of Representatives by introducing the JUSTICE Act. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) is the lead on this legislation in the Senate. Learn more about the bill, HERE.

On June 25, Congressman Stauber’s attempt to bring the JUSTICE Act to the House Floor was blocked as House Democrats passed their own, partisan bill. Learn more about this action, HERE.

On August 22, Congressman Stauber’s second attempt to bring the police reform funding bill to the House Floor was again blocked. Learn more, HERE.

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