Good afternoon. I would like to provide a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information.
George Floyd, Policing, and Race in America
Like so many of you, I am horrified by George Floyd’s death, the lack of police accountability, and the long legacy of racial discrimination in our country. Police killings of unarmed Black people are evidence that systemic racism in America is pervasive and necessitates bold, transformative reform.
I joined over 200 of my colleagues in cosponsoring the Justice in Policing Act, which includes my bill, the PEACE Act, to change the standard for the use of force for every federal officer so that deadly force is only ever used as a last resort. I was proud to vote with a majority of my colleagues to pass this bill in the House last week.
The Justice in Policing Act would also lower the criminal standard to convict law enforcement officers for misconduct in federal prosecutions, end qualified immunity, authorize the Department of Justice to issue subpoenas in investigations of police departments for a pattern or practice of discrimination, and create a national registry of complaints and records of police misconduct.
We must always remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Wait has almost always meant never. We must come to see that justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
Updates in the District
Our district office staff continues to focus on casework related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact. We are also helping constituents in response to the Trump Administration’s restrictions on worker visas that undermine Silicon Valley’s innovation economy. Please contact my office if you need help or have questions about this.
I am pleased with two positive developments that affect our district: the opening of two new South Bay BART stations and the Supreme Court decision on DACA. After months of delays, new BART stations in Milpitas and Berryessa/North San Jose opened for business on June 13th. Secondly, while not a permanent solution, thousands of Dreamers in our community can breathe a sigh of relief and rest easy in their own country. Their desire to pursue the American dream despite the hardships they have faced should be an inspiration to us all in these difficult times.
Facebook Live Town Halls
Thank you to all who participated in this month’s Facebook Live town halls. In July, I will host Facebook Live town halls on July 7th and July 23rd at 12:00 pm Pacific. Please be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RepRoKhanna.
Using Apprenticeships to Help Rebuild the Economy
The American economy is hurting due to COVID-19, but millions of Americans will be ready and willing to get back to work once the pandemic ends. In an op-ed in the Bucks County Courier with Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), we lay out how our Student Apprenticeship Act will kickstart the economy by pairing higher education with apprenticeships to help get hardworking people back on their feet while equipping them with new skills fit for 21st-century jobs.
Protecting Civilians in Military Operations
I partnered with Senator Elizabeth Warren to introduce the Protection of Civilians in Military Operations Act, which would enhance transparency for civilian casualties during U.S. military operations. The bill would also direct the Department of Defense to strengthen its policies and practices to prevent civilian casualties.
Caseworkers in my Santa Clara office are available to help Silicon Valley residents navigate the bureaucracy of federal agencies and any other concerns during the COVID-19 crisis. My staff can help you solve problems with immigration, visas, Social Security payments and VA paperwork, among other areas. Please call my office at (408) 436-2720 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday-Friday if you need assistance. Your call will be promptly answered (remotely) by my staff. You can also contact me online at any time at Khanna.house.gov/contact. While we are unable to meet in-person, my staff is ready to help. Visit my website for more information.