Congressman Fred Keller votes against Speaker Pelosi’s partisan police reform bill

June 25, 2020
Press Release
Notes Speaker refused to work with Republicans on needed improvements to law enforcement practices

WASHINGTON – Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) on Thursday voted against the Justice in Policing Act, a partisan messaging bill crafted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies without Republican input that would result in local police departments being run from Washington, D.C., make police officers personally liable for doing their jobs by the book, and undermine law enforcement’s ability to keep communities safe.


On the Justice in Policing Act, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) made the following statement:


“During the listening sessions I held with law enforcement and community leaders throughout Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District over the past several weeks, it became clear from all sides—even law enforcement—that some form of legislation is needed to help bring about a mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they serve and root out bad actors within our police forces. However, the Justice in Policing Act is the wrong approach.


“The Justice in Policing Act, crafted by Speaker Pelosi and her allies in secret without any Republican input, makes it more difficult for police officers to do their jobs safely, forces unworkable national standards on local police departments, and opens police up to personal liability for doing their jobs by the book.


“While Republicans put up significant and meaningful law enforcement improvement measures in the JUSTICE Act, which I co-sponsored, Democrats refused to even debate it or offer amendments to it. By proceeding in a partisan manner with legislation that will continue the divide in this country over police practices, Congressional Democrats are once again behaving in a shamefully political manner on a serious topic of national importance. The American people deserve better.”