WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), Katie Porter (CA-45), Dean Phillips (MN-3), and Abigail Spanberger (VA-7) led a group of 32 total members of Congress urging House leadership to bring bipartisan, commonsense bills to the House floor for standalone votes — to invest in local police departments to boost the numbers, retention, training, mental health, and accountability of law enforcement officers.
The bipartisan bills the Members requested be brought to the House floor immediately after the July 4 recess include Rep. Gottheimer’s (NJ-5) Invest to Protect Act, Rep. Porter’s (CA-45) Mental Health Justice Act, Rep. Phillips’ (MN-3) Pathways to Policing Act, and Rep. Spanberger’s (VA-7) COPS on the Beat Program Reauthorization and Parity Act.
“There are a number of bipartisan bills supporting increased resources for police departments and officers that we believe should be considered as standalone legislation by the House no later than when Congress returns from the July 4 district work period,” the Members of Congress wrote in a letter to House leadership today. “The House Judiciary Committee has made clear to several members that it has no intention of bringing any law enforcement bills through the markup process. Therefore, we implore you to please use your power to bring these bills to the Floor for up or down votes, as you did recently with the Protecting Our Kids Act bill, so that every member can be on the record and their constituents can know where they stand.”
“We continue to hear from our constituents who are extremely concerned about the rising level of crime in the country, and about the importance of enforcing laws already on the books. That is why we have consistently advocated for commonsense, bipartisan legislation to increase investment in local police departments to boost the numbers, retention, training, and accountability of law enforcement officers on the beat,” the members continued.
The letter was signed by Reps. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), Katie Porter (CA-45), Dean Phillips (MN-3), Abigail Spanberger (VA-7), Susie Lee (NV-3), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-1), Daniel T. Kildee (MI-5), Tom Suozzi (NY-3), Jared Golden (ME-2), Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Angie Craig (MN-2), Ed Case (HI-1), Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Jim Costa (CA-16), Tom Malinowski (NJ-7), Kurt Schrader (OR-5), Mike Levin (CA-49), Susan Wild (PA-7), Chris Pappas (NH-1), Cindy Axne (IA-3), Elissa Slotkin (MI-8), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2), Steven Horsford (NV-4), Sanford Bishop (GA-2), Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Kim Schrier (WA-8), Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7), Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-7), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6), Scott Peters (CA-52), and Debbie Dingell (MI-12).