WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today spoke at a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), James Lankford (R-OK), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) about their introduction of the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act. The legislation provides long-term solutions focused on police reform, accountability, and transparency, while also promoting efforts to find solutions to systemic issues affecting people of color such as education and health disparities. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.
“For me, this conversation is about trust, justice, and reconciliation as the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee said. It’s evident that there are communities in our country who have lost trust in law enforcement based on their experience.”
“I had an opportunity to talk to George Floyd’s family, they’re from Houston, Texas, and Rodney, his brother, told me, he said, ‘Senator, we are from Texas and we want some Texas sized justice.’ And I said, ‘Well, Mr. Floyd, to the best of my ability, that’s exactly what we will deliver.’ Thanks to Senator Tim Scott’s leadership and the contribution of everybody here, we’re all going to have a chance to try to attempt this reconciliation, to restore trust in some of our most important institutions like our police.”
The full text of the JUSTICE Act is here, and a section by section analysis is here.