The House has passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in a recent party aligned vote, a large reform bill that conservatives say “defunds the police.”
Speaker Pelosi claimed the bill “will solve systemic racism, stop police brutality and save people’s lives,” stressing that among the reforms are banning chokeholds, banning no-knock warrants, taking on “racial profiling,” dealing with police misconduct, and stopping qualified immunity.
The bill ended up passing with a vote of 220-212, although Texas Representative Lance Gooden, who was the only GOP member to join with Democrats in support of the legislation, ended up saying his vote was accidental and had it officially changed.
House Minority Leader McCarthy, and other lawmakers, said the bill was essentially defunding the police.
“The unfunded measures inside this bill will cost law enforcement hundreds of millions—that’s like removing 3,000 cops or more from their streets,” he tweeted. “Our police deserve better.”
GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, in a message to the director of the Congressional Budget Office, and Rep. Jason Smith, leading member of the House Budget Committee, said the analysis was not complete enough.
“It is our view that H.R. 1280 has provisions that greatly violate the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 threshold of $85 million,” the letter says. “It is also our view that these measures might result in more costs to state and local totaling in the hundreds of millions of dollars which would strip these officials of the money they need to provide policing and public safety services.”
Democrats also removed an amendment by Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) that celebrates law enforcement and “condemns calls to ‘defund or abolish the police.’”