On the Hill with Denver Riggleman - Weekly Update - June 19, 2020
This week, I became a co-sponsor of the “JUSTICE Act” with over 160 of my colleagues in the House. The legislation will create grant programs for more body cameras to be worn by police officers, and establish penalties for failing to ensure correct usage. It will also increase the amount of reporting required by law enforcement to carry out no-knock warrants. Other provisions of the JUSTICE Act include an increase in penalties for falsifying police reports, and incentivizing every police department join in banning chokeholds.
The legislation will also establish a commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system in the United States. I am proud of this legislation, which will help us take meaningful steps towards police reform.
Today we commemorate Juneteenth. It was on this day in 1865 that 250,000 slaves were freed in Texas, and America took another step towards its promise of freedom for all. As we commemorate the end of slavery in the United States we continue to reflect on our nation’s shared history.
I am happy to say my Purple Star Families Resolution now has 66 co-sponsors, including Republican Whip Steve Scalise. The bipartisan H.Res.734, designates the week of September 20-26, 2020 as Purple Star Families Week. This bill recognizes the families of veterans who have lost a loved one to the tragedy of veteran suicide. This designation will reconnect these veterans’ families to the military community and uplift the bravery of their veteran who is deserving of honor.
If you need help with a federal agency, please contact my Charlottesville Office at (434) 973-9631. If you have questions concerning your economic impact payment, please contact the Internal Revenue Service here or call 1-800-919-9825 between 7am-7pm to speak to a live representative. At this time, all Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC, including the National Zoo, are temporarily closed to the public. Additionally, tours of the White House, US Capitol, FBI, and Library of Congress have been suspended to help contain the outbreak and prevent community spread.
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Congressman Riggleman announced the suspension of Mobile Office Hours until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
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