Discussing her HEROES act coronavirus bill last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued that “every crisis” is an opportunity to advance her agenda.
“We have to open the economy, we have to do so in a way that gives more opportunity for access to care, to credit, to opportunity in our country because…this is an opportunity. every crisis is.”
Thursday, Nancy Pelosi announced Democrats led by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will introduce wide-ranging legislation Monday designed to combat racial inequities.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted Wednesday:
Stopping police violence must be a priority in this country if we are to ever come to terms with America’s history of racial injustice. Congress must address deadly use of force by police and reform policing practices. #BlackLivesMatter
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 3, 2020
TheHill reports democrats on Monday will introduce wide-ranging legislation designed to combat racial inequities in the criminal justice system, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday.
The much awaited package, currently being crafted by members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), will feature provisions designed to eliminate racial profiling, rein in the excessive use of police force and repeal the so-called qualified immunity doctrine for law enforcers, which protects individual officers from lawsuits over actions they perform while on duty.
“We will not relent until that is secured — that justice is secured,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.
Yet the package will go far beyond that, Pelosi suggested.
There was some disagreement in recent days, as Democratic leaders have sought input from rank-and-file members over how to respond to Floyd’s death, over whether the House should push a sweeping reform package, or adopt a piecemeal approach.
Pelosi said Thursday that they’ve landed on the latter.
Aside from the criminal justice elements of the Democrats’ legislation, Pelosi said the package would also include provisions designed to raise the status of African Americans outside of the criminal justice system as well.
“It is about other injustices, too. It’s about health disparities, it’s about environmental injustice, it’s about economic injustice, it’s about educational injustice,” Pelosi said. “So we want to see this as a time where we can go forward in a very drastic way — not incrementally, but in an important way to redress those problems.”
Pelosi did not reveal when Democrats intend to vote on the legislation — and a spokesman declined to say. But by introducing the proposal on Monday, they’re setting the stage for floor action well before the House is currently scheduled to return next to Washington, on June 30.