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Congressman Issa Statement on H.R. 1280

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) released the following statement regarding the House’s consideration of H.R. 1280.

“The men and women of law enforcement are fearless public servants that put their lives on the line, answer our calls for help and keep our communities safe. The police officers I am privileged to know run toward danger, not away from it. They protect the innocent, confront violence and keep the peace every day without regard for their own well-being.

“I oppose painting the serious wrongdoing of a few as representative of all. This false narrative has led directly to the destructive movement of defunding the police and the misleading denunciations that undermine law enforcement’s effectiveness.

There are ways we can work together and ensure law enforcement professionals have the tools, training, and resources they need. We can extend transparency rules and increase accountability. We can work across the aisle to craft thoughtful, long-term solutions.”

That is why I am a proud co-sponsor of the JUSTICE Act. This bill would guarantee transparency, ensure law enforcement agencies and officers are able to be held accountable, and provide continuing education for officers to perform their duties. These are not empty promises – they include banning chokeholds and developing accessible disciplinary records systems. The American people deserve to see their representatives united on this issue.

“Unfortunately, H.R. 1280 is a strictly partisan proposal that will do lasting harm to not only those who wear the badge, but those they are sworn to serve and protect.

Darrell Issa is the Representative of California’s 50th Congressional District. The District encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County, including the communities of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Ramona, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, Temecula, and the mountain and desert areas of the San Diego-Imperial County line. Issa served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2011-2015.

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