Dear Colleague on This Moment of Reckoning

June 15, 2020
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

As Isaiah says, “For the Lord will have a day of reckoning… Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed.”

A reckoning is here for justice in policing, and I commend Chair Karen Bass and the Congressional Black Caucus on their important leadership in presenting the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020.  As we prayerfully protect the American people, we are protecting our Constitution.

A reckoning is also in order for the lives lost and the disparate impact of the virus on the communities of color.  On March 15, there were 60 known deaths in the United States.  Today, June 15, there are over 116,000 deaths.  This sad record represents a horrible failure of the Trump Administration in terms of PPE, testing and behavior recommended by scientists.

We pray for a vaccine and a cure but are months away from such relief from COVID-19.  We do have testing, tracing, treatment and isolation to curb the spread of the virus and have a moral responsibility to engage in such practices.

We must insist on the passage of The Heroes Act to honor our heroes, open our economy with testing and put money in the pockets of America’s working families.  Senator McConnell has said we need a pause.  The virus doesn’t pause, unemployment doesn’t pause, hunger doesn’t pause – and neither should we.

The Republican Senators are turning their backs on the American people.  Senator McConnell says he is the Grim Reaper and indeed he is.  Every day the GOP Senate delays, more lives and livelihoods are lost.

Thank you for your leadership.

best regards,