Update from DC: George Floyd Justice in Policing Act & DC Statehood
This week, I joined with my colleagues in the House to pass two key civil rights bills; the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. These pieces of legislation are key steps in creating a more just and equitable United States. I also have good news to report from New York City; our hospitalizations and cases of COVID-19 continue to decrease and we are on track to start Phase 3 next Monday, July 6.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
On Thursday, I spoke on the House Floor urging all of my colleagues to join me and all those around the country demanding change. We cannot be a country that declares Black Lives Matter if we fail to act to protect Black lives. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is a bold, comprehensive approach to transform the culture of policing to address systemic racism and help save lives as it holds police accountable and increases transparency. It will ban chokeholds, stop no-knock drug warrants, end qualified immunity, and establish a nationwide police misconduct database. You can read and watch my full floor speech here.
H.R. 51: Washington, D.C. Admission Act
Today was an historic day. For the first time, the House of Representatives passed legislation to give the citizens of Washington, DC full voting rights and representation in Congress by creating the 51st state. I was proud to preside over the Oversight Committee mark-up of this bill earlier this year and the vote that sent the bill to the House floor. District of Columbia residents pay more in federal taxes than 22 states, and more in federal taxes per capita than any state. Yet, the people of the District of Columbia are still taxed with no voting representation in Congress. This is not the vision of our Founders Fathers, who led the Revolution opposing taxation without representation. The residents of the District have been petitioning for congressional voting rights and local self-government for more than 200 years—yet neither chamber of Congress has ever passed a D.C. statehood bill. Today, we finally changed that. You can read and watch my full floor statement from today's debate on the House floor here.
COVID Updates for NYC
- NYC is on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on July 6.
- Basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, dog runs, handball courts, Bocce courts, volleyball courts, nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage parlors on track to open July 6.
- NYC public beaches will reopen July 1.
- Governor Cuomo along with New Jersey Governor Murphy and Connecticut Governor Lamont issued a joint initiative that requires all individuals traveling to NY, NJ, or CT from listed states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. This applies to anyone traveling from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington. This list will be updated to reflect the latest data.
- The City is adding 23 miles to the Open Streets program, including 9 miles of protected bike lanes. This brings the total of Open Streets to 67 miles, with an ultimate goal of 100 miles. You can find locations near you at nyc.gov/openstreets.
- Please continue to wear masks and practice social distancing as much as possible. You must wear a mask in situations where social distancing is not possible, including on all forms of public transportation.
#GetOutTheCount in NYC!
Please fill out your census and encourage your friends and family to do so, as well.
REMINDER: it is illegal for the Census Bureau to share your information with law enforcement. You answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits. Your answers are ONLY used to create statistics about our community, city, state, and country.
- Our city and district are in danger of losing hundreds of thousands of federal dollars and representation in all levels of government if we do not make sure that each and every person is counted. More information in this report, that I released on Monday with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries.
- The response rate in NY-12, is up to 52% and is climbing by the day, but it is still far too low. We are still below the New York State rate of 57.1% and the nationwide rate of 61.7%.
- The NYC Census team has been hearing from New Yorkers that one thing that’s holding them back from completing their forms is confusion about the census mailer and whether they need the unique census code to get started. ANYONE can fill out the census online by going to my2020census.gov and selecting “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” and then enter your address. It takes less than 10 minutes and has never been easier or more important!
- The Census is available online, by phone, and by mail. Paper questionnaires are being mailed out with a reminder letter to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. If you were not able to answer online or by phone, please fill out the paper form.
As always, if you need assistance with any federal matters, please call my office at 212-860-0606. Please forward this information to any of your friends, families, or coworkers and let them know that they can sign up for regular updates from me here.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress