Norton to offer racial profiling amendment

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said Friday that she plans to offer an amendment to a 2015 appropriations bill to prohibit states from using funding to engage in racial profiling.

As the District of Columbia's delegate, Norton can offer amendments but cannot actually vote on them. She said her amendment to the 2015 bill providing funds for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) would help prevent profiling based on physical characteristics in states that receive federal transportation funding.

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"Considering our country’s history and increasing diversity, we are late in barring profiling at the national level," Norton said. "At the very least, federal taxpayers should not be compelled to subsidize the unconstitutional practice of profiling by law enforcement officials."

The $52 billion THUD appropriations measure is expected to be on the House floor early next week. It will be considered under an open rule, meaning that members can offer an unlimited number of amendments.