(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a highly partisan bill, H.R. 7120, instead of working with Republicans to enact commonsense law enforcement reform:
“I have heard the voices of Hoosiers and others across America calling out for police reform. That is why I co-sponsored the JUSTICE Act, which would increase accountability, improve training methods, and further transparency between local, state, and federal law enforcement to stop tragic events, such as the death of George Floyd from happening. The JUSTICE Act is a commonsense bill that can be signed into law by President Trump – if Washington Democrats would reach across the aisle and work with Republicans in Congress.
“Unfortunately, Democrats in the Senate blocked the JUSTICE Act from even being debated, showing the true agenda of Congressional Democrats is not police reform, but rather further fanning the flames of division and dividing Americans in order to gain votes in the 2020 election. That is why Speaker Pelosi introduced the Justice in Policing Act, a partisan bill written behind closed doors in the Speaker’s office. House Democrats didn’t even try to work with House Republicans to come up with reform legislation that Republicans and Democrats could support. The American people must know that Republicans in Congress stand ready to work with Democrats to advance bipartisan, commonsense reforms that President Trump could sign into law. However, solving problems is not in the interest of Democrats running for office in 2020 – they seemingly would rather push far-left, partisan rhetoric that might gain them votes instead of enacting reforms that would keep Americans safe.”