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Connolly Statement on Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict

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Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement after the jury announced guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd: "The entire country bore witness to the murder of George Floyd. The jury believed their own eyes and rendered a just verdict. But while justice prevailed this time, far too many Black lives have been cut short with no such accounta...

Lawmakers Urge President Biden to Rectify Alleged Cannabis Firings; Help End the Failed Policy of Cannabis Prohibition

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Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) joined 30 Members of Congress, led by U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Don Beyer (D-VA), Mondaire Jones (D-NY), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Barbara Lee (D-CA), in urging President Joe Biden to rectify instances in which several White House staffers were reportedly suspended, put on probation, or asked to resign after honestly disclosing past cannabis use. In addre...

Pressley, Connolly, 40 Members Call on President-Elect Biden to End Death Penalty on First Day in Office

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Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11) joined Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and 40 of their House colleagues and three Representatives-Elect on a letter calling on President-Elect Joe Biden to end the use of the federal death penalty on his first day in office. The Congresswoman’s letter comes as the Trump Administration continues its killing spree, executing more people in six months ...

Members of Congress Urge DOJ Inspector General to Include Virginia Correctional Facilities in Ongoing Remote COVID-19 Inspections

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Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), and Reps. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), Elaine Luria (D-VA), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) urging the agency to include Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Petersburg and United...

Connolly, Speier Introduce Bill to Address Intimate Partner Violence in the Military

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Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, introduced legislation today that would better address domestic violence in the U.S. military. The provisions included in the legislation were also included in the House-passed version of the Fis...

Connolly, Raskin, Bonamici, Blumenauer & 113 Members Demand Answers About Deployment of Unidentified Federal Law Enforcement Personnel and Ongoing Actions in Portland

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Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) joined Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and 113 House Members in demanding information from Attorney General William Barr and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf about unidentified federal law enforcement personnel deployed in Portland, Oregon over the objections of state and local officials. Last month, Raskin...

Connolly Introduces Amendment to Justice in Policing Act

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Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, offered an amendment to the Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120) requiring that funds paid by the Department of Justice’s civil assets forfeiture equitable sharing program be redirected to public welfare. While several states have passed laws with similar requirements, they are easily sidestepped by sta...

Connolly, Top Democrats Introduce Law Enforcement Identification Act

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Today, a delegation of U.S. Representatives including members from the national capital region introducing the Law Enforcement Identification Act. The legislation would require uniformed federal officers policing First Amendment assemblies to wear plainly visible identification noting the officer’s name and agency. The bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Rep. Gerry Connolly ...

Connolly Joins CBC in Cosponsoring the Justice in Policing Act

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Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly, chair of the House Government Operations subcommittee, joined Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, House Democratic Leadership, Chairman Nadler, and Senators Harris and Booker, in introducing the Justice in Police Act. The comprehensive legislation would reform police procedures, including banning chokeholds, reforming Qualified Immunity, and esta...

Connolly Statement on Law Enforcement Attack on Peaceful Protesters in Lafayette Park

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Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, released the following statement regarding the unwarranted attack by law enforcement on peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park: "Last night, we watched in horror as law enforcement carried out an attack on peaceful demonstrators exercising their First Amendment rights outside the White House. My horror quickly...

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