Maloney Urges All Members to Join in Her in Voting for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

Mar 3, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today urged all of her colleagues to join her in supporting H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a bold and comprehensive legislative package that would hold police accountable, improve police training and practices, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives. H.R. 1280 is identical to the bill of the same name that the House passed in 2020 with a bipartisan vote of 236-181.


Congresswoman Maloney’s remarks as delivered on the House floor can be watched and read below.


“Eric Garner. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor.


“All Black men and women who were killed by police.


“It is in their memory that I rise today in support of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Because we cannot live up to our ideals of justice for all while BIPOC Americans are disproportionately killed by police.


“We need to pass this bill to save lives – to reform qualified immunity, to ban no-knock warrants like the one that contributed to the death of Breonna Taylor, [and] to end the use of chokeholds that killed Eric Garner and George Floyd.


“I urge all my colleagues to join me in voting to pass this long overdue bill. To join me in this work to make this country a safer, more just place for all Americans.


“I urge a yes vote.”