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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

CONGRESSWOMAN JOHNSON VOTES TO STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY, REFORM POLICE

Mar 16, 2021
Press Release
House Democrats pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021 and H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021

Washington, D.C. This evening, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Dean of the Texas Congressional Delegation, released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021 and H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 in the U.S. House of Representatives:

On H.R. 1, the For the People Act:

“On the heels of delivering a multi-trillion dollar COVID-19 relief package for the American people, House Democrats today took another extraordinary step to restore integrity to Washington by passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “If enacted, this historic legislation will cement in law critical reforms to our government, return the power to the people, and, most notably, make voting easier and more accessible.”

The For the People Act of 2021 will:

  • Fight big money in politics: take on the power of special interests, end dark money, and ensure public officials are working in the public interest. 
  • Expand voting rights: ensure we have secure, accurate elections and stop voter suppression efforts designed to stop people from voting based on their support for a political candidate.   
  • End extreme partisan gerrymandering: create a non-partisan, open process to draw transparent and fair congressional district maps. 
  • Hold elected officials accountable: implement tougher ethics laws to ensure elected and governmental officials are held accountable across all three branches of government.

On H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act:

“Black lives matter, and it is past time that the laws of our nation reflect it,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “That is why I am proud to support H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This legislation will fundamentally transform policing in America as it addresses systemic racism, curbs police brutality, and ultimately, will help to save lives.”

Specifically, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021:

  • Bans chokeholds;
  • Stops no-knock warrants;
  • Ends the qualified immunity doctrine that is a barrier to holding police officers accountable for wrongful conduct;
  • Combats racial profiling;
  • Mandates data collection, including body cameras and dashboard cameras; and
  • Establishes new standards for policing.

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