WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the below statement on passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in the House of Representatives, a bill he co-authored with U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass, and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler. The sweeping legislation, which is cosponsored by 37 Senators and 230 members of the House of Representatives, awaits consideration in the Senate.
“I applaud my colleagues in the House for taking real, meaningful action to reform police practices, end police brutality, and change the culture of law enforcement in this country. People across the nation are demanding change, and with today’s vote, the House of Representatives has heeded that urgent call.
“I remain hopeful that my Republican colleagues in the Senate will follow today’s action in the House by entering into a sincere bipartisan effort to deliver real reform rather than continuing to pursue approaches – like their completely inadequate Justice Act -- that won’t bring the change we need. The only path toward preventing more black people from being killed by the very people who are sworn to protect them is to implement meaningful accountability, transparency, and reform of police practices like what’s included in the Justice in Policing Act. Anything short of that is a failure.”