Davis Statement on House Democrats’ Partisan Approach to Police Reform, Urges Bipartisan Compromise
House Democrats move partisan police reform legislation after Senate Democrats blocked debate on the JUSTICE Act
U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill) released the following statement after Democrats in the U.S. House rejected Republican input on police reform and passed their own partisan legislation:
“I am fully supportive of enacting police reform at the federal level, but the partisan process Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer have chosen will not lead to police reform being enacted into law. Democrats in the House refused to incorporate Republican input, while Democrats in the Senate declined many Republican offers to amend the JUSTICE Act. A partisan approach is the wrong approach.
“The only way we will enact police reform is if Republicans and Democrats come together, resolve our differences, and come to bipartisan agreement. We can't let this moment pass us. We should be doing more at the federal level to help law enforcement do their jobs safely, while putting systems in place to ensure everyone is treated equitably. That’s why I support the police reforms outlined in the JUSTICE Act.
“It is my hope that this vote is only the first step towards enacting meaningful and bipartisan police reform. We need to get this done so our country can begin to heal.”
Today, the House Democrats’ moved partisan police reform legislation, H.R. 7120, after Senate Democrats blocked debate on the JUSTICE Act yesterday. Rep. Davis did not support the legislation, but supports enacting comprehensive police reform at the federal level, which is why he is a co-sponsor of the JUSTICE Act. Rep. Davis has urged leaders in both parties to work together on a bipartisan basis and come to an agreement on police reform legislation.
What the JUSTICE Act does to improve public safety:
Improving law enforcement transparency through additional reporting
Ensuring law enforcement accountability
Improving training for law enforcement officers
Provisions addressing historical racism and racial inequities
Click here for the full text of the bill.
Click here for a summary of the bill.
Click here for a section-by-section analysis of the bill.
Rep Davis’ office also recently conducted a police reform survey via email to IL-13 residents. You can view some of the survey highlights here.