September 22, 2022

NDC Chair DelBene Applauds House Passage of Public Safety Legislation, Including Three New Dem Bills

New Dem Leadership Endorsed Public Safety Bills Led by New Dem Reps. Gottheimer, Horsford, and Demings to Invest in Resources and Reforms to Fight Crime and Keep Americans Safe

Today, Members of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) voted to pass a package of four public safety bills, three of which were endorsed by New Dems and authored by New Dem Reps. Josh Gottheimer, Steven Horsford, and Val Demings. Tackling crime and keeping our communities safe are top priorities for New Dems. That’s why the Coalition’s leadership endorsed a slate of seven public safety bills in July, and our Members have been working hard to pass this legislation through the House.

NDC Chair Suzan DelBene released the following statement celebrating the House passage of the public safety package:

“New Dems are proud to see this critical public safety legislation pass today, which will invest in the key reforms and resources local law enforcement desperately need to do their jobs effectively,” said NDC Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01). “Our Members worked hard to get this crime-fighting legislation across the finish line, and New Dems applaud Reps. Gottheimer, Horsford, and Demings for their tireless efforts. 

“Democrats know we must support our communities and work to stop violence before it happens. That’s what these bills will do, and that’s why it’s critical we get this legislation to the President’s desk as soon as possible.”  

The public safety package that passed the House today includes three NDC-leadership endorsed bills: 

  • H.R. 6448, the Invest to Protect Act of 2022, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)
  • H.R. 4118, the Break the Cycle of Violence Act, Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-04)
  • H.R. 5768, the VICTIM Act of 2021, Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) 

Passing this package builds on New Dems’ previous action to reduce crime, prevent gun violence, and improve public safety. In July, New Dems helped pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, historic gun violence prevention legislation. Last year, New Dems passed the American Rescue Plan, providing critical funding for state and local law enforcement, and House Democrats also secured more than $100 million in Community Project Funding for law enforcement and community policing initiatives across the nation.