facebook linkedin twitter

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Comprehensive Push to “Achieve Racial Justice”

June 3, 2020 by Gaspard Le Dem
Demonstrators march in Tampa Sunday, May 31, 2020 for a second day in a row as protestors take to the streets of Tampa to protest the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

WASHINGTON – The New Democrat Coalition, an alliance of centrist Democrats in Congress, condemned racially motivated police violence on Wednesday in the wake of nationwide unrest following the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minnesota.

“The murder of George Floyd has brought back into light for many Americans the continued racial injustice that still unfortunately exists in our country,” said Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., chair of the NDC, in a statement. “My heart aches for the families most directly impacted and black Americans everywhere who are — appropriately — calling for justice, respect, and understanding.”

The coalition hosted a call on Tuesday with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss future legislative action to address racial injustice. Kilmer said the New Democrat Coalition would support comprehensive reform on the issue of racial injustice.

“New Dems will remain partners to our colleagues in the CBC and black leaders in condemning and working to end targeted police violence across the country,” said Kilmer. “Now is the time to listen to our fellow Americans’ lived experiences.”

Other Democratic leaders have also turned to the CBC — a group of African-American lawmakers that includes 53 House delegates  senators — to spearhead a push for police reform. 

“I’m so proud to work with the Congressional Black Caucus,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a press conference on Tuesday. “Of course, it is the responsibility of all of us to take the time to heal. But we are looking to them for their values-based, sad experience and their leadership in terms of legislation,” she added.

Pelosi said the CBC would be “curating” the new measures on police reform, but hinted that there has been some debate over how to approach the matter. “Some of the members want to have a comprehensive bill, others more individual approach,” she said. “In a matter of just a short time, those decisions will be made and I think the American people will be well-served.”

CBC Chair Karen Bass, D-Calif., said on Tuesday that a package of bills on police reform could be hitting the House floor by the end of the month. “We want to build the broadest support possible across the country to ensure passage of transformative legislation,” Bass said in an interview with MSNBC. “What needs to happen is very clear — there needs to be a way to hold police officers and police departments accountable.”

Some of the proposals under consideration include a national ban on chokeholds, a review of 

police training norms, and changes to a federal law that protects police officers who break the law, also known as the “qualified immunity” doctrine.

Bass said on Monday that her caucus was glad to lead on the reforms, but she was quick to remind leaders that everyone should be involved in fixing systemic police violence against African-Americans.

“This is not a CBC issue this is an issue for all of us because all of us represent diverse populations,” said Bass on Monday. “We have to end this. The Democrats have to lead this, and we have to show people why we’re in the majority.”

Congress

Jan. 6 Panel Sets Vote on Contempt Charges Against Bannon

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has set a vote to recommend criminal contempt... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has set a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against former White House aide Steve Bannon after he defied the panel's subpoena on Thursday.  The chairman of the panel, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said... Read More

Lawyer Who Aided Trump Subpoenaed by Jan. 6 Committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has issued a subpoena to... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has issued a subpoena to a former Justice Department lawyer who positioned himself as an ally of Donald Trump and aided the Republican president's efforts to challenge the results of the... Read More

October 13, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
Veterans in Violent, Extremist Groups Prompt Response Plan from Congress

WASHINGTON -- Fallout from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol continued Wednesday as a congressional panel looked at... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Fallout from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol continued Wednesday as a congressional panel looked at why veterans would become violent against the country they swore to protect. Representatives of veterans groups and academics blamed mental health problems, underemployment, racism and disenchantment... Read More

October 13, 2021
by Dan McCue
House Approves Temporary Extension of Debt Limit

WASHINGTON - Surprising no one, the House did what it had to do Tuesday night, extending the nation’s borrowing authority... Read More

WASHINGTON - Surprising no one, the House did what it had to do Tuesday night, extending the nation’s borrowing authority -- otherwise known as the debt ceiling -- until Dec. 3. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the legislation, which passed in the Senate last... Read More

October 12, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
Lawsuit Challenges Law Banning ‘Ghost Gun’ Sales

WASHINGTON -- Guns are again playing a big role in the courts and politics of Washington, D.C. after a champion... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Guns are again playing a big role in the courts and politics of Washington, D.C. after a champion of Second Amendment rights filed a new federal lawsuit to challenge a local law that seeks to restrict some firearms.  This time, Dick A. Heller is... Read More

October 12, 2021
by Dan McCue
Rep. Yarmuth, Chair of House Budget Panel, Won’t Seek Reelection

WASHINGTON -- Eight-term Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., chairman of the House Budget Committee, announced Tuesday that he will not run... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Eight-term Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., chairman of the House Budget Committee, announced Tuesday that he will not run for reelection next year. In a video first emailed to supporters, Yarmuth said he remains in "excellent health," but at 75, wants to spend more of... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top