By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House in June, languishes in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s graveyard and legislation that could help America persevere through the pandemic await action from the Kentucky Republican, according to Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.).
Lawrence blasted McConnell, President Donald Trump, and GOP leaders during an interview with BlackPressUSA that streamed live over several social media platforms, including Facebook and YouTube.
Lawrence said McConnell and many of his Republican colleagues in the Senate have sought to avoid voting on bills only as a political ploy.
“[U.S. Attorney General] Bill Barr denies there is systematic racism in policing in America,” Lawrence said.
“We are so excited that we have the majority in the House, and we were able to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing bill, but it goes to the Senate, and it’s in McConnell’s graveyard which also has gun reform, violence against women, and the Voting Rights Act.”
Lawrence is convinced that the measures don’t align with the Republican agenda. She determined that GOP members would instead prevent those pieces of legislation from coming up for a vote because they could then deny they’re against the bills.
“We’ve never had this happen before. The way democracy is supposed to work with checks and balances is that the House passes a bill and sends it to the Senate for action,” Lawrence noted.
“They have taken no action. The bills are literally in Mitch McConnell’s graveyard, and he’s only focused on judgeships. He’s appointing judges at record amounts. They blocked President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, and now we are going to be subjected to these judges, some of whom are lifetime appointments. We have to keep our eyes on the prize.”
Lawrence has lived in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District all of her life.
The District includes a portion of Detroit and the City of Southfield and 16 other cities in Oakland and Wayne counties.
Re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November of 2018, Lawrence serves as a Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues and 2nd Vice-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
She serves on the House Appropriations Committee, serving on the subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and subcommittee on Interior, Environment.
She is also a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, where she serves on the subcommittee on Government Operation and subcommittee on National Security.
“We are putting money in the budget that will allow local cities to invest in bias training and de-escalation training. If this continues to sit in McConnell’s graveyard, at least we have funded some of these programs,” Lawrence noted.
“This November, we have to vote, vote, vote.”