Equality & Civil Rights

I believe that our federal government must work to provide and protect basic civil liberties to all Americans. As a member of Congress, I will keep fighting every day to make sure that people of color and LGBT+ people are ensured equal protection under the law.

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

I am a cosponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would better hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct, bolster transparency through data collection pertaining to unlawful behavior and negligent use of force, and improve police training and department policies nationwide.

Commission to Study Reparations

I am a cosponsor of the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, H.R. 40 to study the impact of slavery and continuing discrimination against African Americans resulting directly and indirectly from slavery to segregation to the desegregation process and the present day.

Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act

I am a cosponsor of the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act, H.R. 1636, to establish a bipartisan commission that will be housed within the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ office tasked with examining the social disparities that disproportionately affect black men and boys in America.

Efforts for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Act

I am a cosponsor of the United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Act, H.Res. 100, to examine the effects of slavery, institutional racism, and discrimination against people of color, and how our history impacts laws and policies today. 

LGBT Caucus

As a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I work with my colleagues in the House to address some of our country’s most pressing equality issues, including fighting anti-LGBT+ appropriations amendments, and advocating for education and aging protections.

Equality Act

I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, a bipartisan, comprehensive nondiscrimination bill to extend civil rights protections to LGBT+ Americans.

Equal Rights Amendment

I am a proud cosponsor of H.J.Res.79 to remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). A vote for the ERA is a vote for equality. We must ratify this crucial amendment to enshrine women’s equality in our Constitution and under the law.

John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020​

I am a proud original cosponsor of H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020, to restore the Voting Rights Act’s power to combat the resurgence of partisan voter suppression across the nation.