House to reconvene earlier than planned to take up police reform legislation

House to reconvene earlier than planned to take up police reform legislation
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House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats face mounting hurdles to agenda This week: Congress returns with lengthy to-do list House to vote on DC statehood, gender pay gap MORE (D-Md.) alerted members on Tuesday that the House will be called back into session earlier than expected to act on a sweeping police reform bill.  

House lawmakers are now slated to be back in Washington on June 25 to take up the legislation after it passes out of committee. The lower chamber was initially scheduled to reconvene on June 30. 

“Pending committee action on the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, the House is now expected to meet during the week of June 22, 2020. The House will meet on Thursday, June 25, 2020 and Friday, June 26, 2020,” the majority leader’s office sent out in floor update.  


“During the week of June 29, 2020, first votes of the week are now expected on Monday, June 29, 2020, with last votes of the week expected on Thursday, July 2, 2020. Exact timing of votes will be announced as soon as it’s available, but Members are reminded that votes may occur as early as 10:00 a.m. on the first day of the week, and may last into the evening on the last day of the week.” 

Democrats unveiled their police reform proposal aimed at fighting racial disparities in the criminal justice system on Monday morning. 

The push for reforms come in response to the death of George Floyd,  an unarmed black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis last month. 

Republicans are expected to release a separate proposal by the end of the week.