Senator Perdue Pushes Bipartisan Support For JUSTICE Act
“We have more work to do to make ‘justice for all’ become a reality for every American.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today spoke on the Senate floor to reflect on recent events in America and urge bipartisan support for the JUSTICE Act, which increases funding for law enforcement and offers meaningful solutions to build trust between police forces and the communities they serve.
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Dr. King’s Dream: “Almost 57 years ago, on the other end of the National Mall from where we stand today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I believe, changed the world. He certainly impacted millions of lives. Standing before thousands of people, he shared his dream. He dreamed of a world where justice would prevail over prejudice. He dreamed of an America where everyone would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the depth of their character. Since that day in 1963, a lot has changed in our country for the better. Unfortunately, Dr. King’s vision of racial justice, harmony, equality, is yet to be fully realized. That’s unacceptable.”
Justice For All: “Like so many Americans, my wife Bonnie and I have spent a lot of time reflecting and praying for our country, our friends, and our fellow Americans in the last few weeks. It’s clear to us that we have more work to do to make ‘justice for all’ become a reality for every American. We are a nation of laws, but those laws have to be enforced fairly and equally. To truly be effective, the police need to have the confidence of the communities they serve, and in many places today, that’s just not the case.”
Deeply Personal: “This issue is personal to me. Growing up in Middle Georgia in the 1960s, I have seen the devastation of racism, discrimination, a lack of equality, prejudice. As the son of two public school teachers, I saw how it weighed on my parents during that time. All they wanted was for every child to be treated equally, regardless of where they came from, what their name was, or the color of their skin. I grew up in a military town. We had people there from all over the world, so this wasn’t an idle conversation. This was an objective they tried to live up to every single day. They wanted every child to have the same simple opportunity.”
Different Perspective: “I recognize that as a white man, my perspective is by definition very different from those of African Americans in my own community. We have these conversations all the time. I know I can never fully appreciate the pain and adversity that many African Americans have faced in my lifetime and still face today.”
Starting Point: “All we’re pleading for today is a motion to proceed to allow the JUSTICE Act to go on the floor and be fully debated. It is a starting point for debate and true compromise. Isn’t that what our job is? Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? What major bill has come before this body this perfect form at the very outset? I can't think of any. If you have issues with this bill, let’s debate it. Offer amendments. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good, please. On major issues like this, it is our duty to come together, to find common ground, to fight for what’s right.”
Strength In Diversity: “All of us need to remember, while we look different, we might talk differently, we certainly may think differently, we really are one nation under God. Our diversity makes us stronger, the leader of the world in our current time. What unites us is far greater than what divides us. Let’s work on this bill today, and start building a more perfect union for every American.”
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