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September 22, 2021

RELEASE: Rep. Jones’ Statement On Justice In Policing Legislation


WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) released the following statement on the announcement that Senate Republicans have refused to come to a compromise on policing reform legislation:


“Over the past year, people throughout the country and across the political spectrum have stood up for racial justice in America. The GOP’s refusal to come to an agreement on a compromise policing bill is a slap in the face to George Floyd, his family, and everyone who demanded accountability in his name -- including thousands of my white constituents who took to the streets last spring and summer in defense of Black lives.


While I am deeply disappointed by today’s announcement, I am immensely grateful for the leadership of Congresswoman Karen Bass and Senator Cory Booker, who have worked in earnest for months to reach a good-faith compromise with Senate Republicans. Despite the good-faith efforts of my Democratic colleagues to strike a bipartisan compromise, which had the support of major law enforcement groups, it is clear that Republicans never had any genuine interest in securing fairness or justice in policing.


As it has done with so many issues of importance, from voting rights to economic justice, the GOP has once again made plain that it has no intention to actually legislate for the American people. We cannot allow the Republican agenda of obstruction to keep us from meeting our obligations to the American people any longer. The American people put Democrats in control of the House, Senate, and White House in large part due to our promise to achieve racial justice. We must make good on that promise. It is past time that the Senate do away with the filibuster, so that it can advance policing reform and so many other pieces of legislation this moment demands.


Today, my heart is with the families of George Floyd and every American whose life was stolen by law enforcement. They deserve so much better than this. They deserve justice. They deserve accountability. And they deserve to know that what happened to their loved ones will never happen to anyone else. I won’t stop fighting until they can.

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland, and resides in Westchester.