Congressman Al Green’s Potentially Life-Saving Legislation Included in the Moving Forward Act – H.R. 2

Jul 1, 2020 Issues: Transportation

(Washington, D.C.) – On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Congressman Al Green released the following statement in support of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. This infrastructure bill includes verbiage that embraces Congressman Green’s bill H.R. 169, the Driver and Officer Safety Education Act.       

“H.R. 2 has significant goals which I proudly support. During this time of unrest as a result of different tragic encounters with police officers, I am especially proud of the inclusion of language that embraces my bill H.R. 169 – the Driver and Officer Safety Education Act,” Congressman Green stated. “The language included in H.R. 2 would establish a grant program for states with specific standards for education and training programs concerning civilian and law enforcement encounters during traffic stops and other in-person encounters. Originally intended to memorialize the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a 2016 traffic stop in Minnesota, this language is both timely and extremely necessary given the recent tragic deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks who both died as a result of encounters with local law enforcement.”

George Floyd – who was reared and spent most of his life in Houston – died in Minneapolis police custody after a former officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020. Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer in the parking lot of a Wendy’s fast food restaurant on June 12, 2020.

“Their lives mattered. The inclusion of my bill H. R. 169 in H.R. 2 advances us toward a better understanding of how police and civilians should interact during traffic stops and other in-person encounters to save lives. However, to take the much-needed step toward effective reformation, we must also aim for reconciliation,” The Houston Congressman added. “My resolution, H. Res. 992, calls for a Department of Reconciliation that would report directly to the President and be charged with eliminating systemic racism and invidious discrimination from all aspects of American life.”

Green concluded, saying, “I thank my colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for including H.R. 169, and I look forward to H.R. 2 passing the Senate and hopefully being enacted as law. We cannot allow the multifaceted issues disproportionately affecting low-income communities and communities of color to go unaddressed. H.R. 2 would help us to tackle many of these issues in a comprehensive way.”

H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act is sweeping legislation that would rebuild highways, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and harbors; invest in the rebuilding of schools, specifically those in low-income communities that do not meet health and safety guidelines; modernize our energy infrastructure; invest in affordable housing; expand affordable high-speed internet to underserved communities; upgrade hospitals and healthcare infrastructure to increase capacity and strengthen care; ensure clean water for all communities, deliver a 21st century Postal Service; and promote investments in our communities by spurring private investment. H.R. 2 invests more than $1.5 trillion in rebuilding our infrastructure, simultaneously creating millions of good-paying jobs, combating the climate crisis, and addressing several disparities throughout our nation.