Civil Rights and Liberties

Protecting the civil rights and liberties of all individuals is one of the most important responsibilities for Members of Congress, and one that I take seriously. While some are working to turn back the clock and undo much of the progress our country has seen in the past sixty years, I will continue to work diligently against all forms of discrimination whether in the voting booth, workplace, school, or in public accommodations. We must continue to protect the right to vote, ensure that women are able to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions, work towards closing the gender-pay gap, and limit the use of surveillance into the private lives of the American people.

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May 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. The bill includes provisions to address the reporting of hate crimes, establish hate crime hotlines, rehabilitate perpetrators of hate crimes with community service, and encourage law enforcement to focus on prevention, training, and education efforts.

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives passed the No Ban Act. The bill would prevent the president from abusing their authority to restrict the entry of non-citizens into the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act and expand existing nondiscrimination provision to prohibit discrimination based on religion. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva cosponsored the legislation and issued the following statement after its passage:

April 20, 2021 Press Release

TUCSON— Today, after a Minnesota jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:

April 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) cheered the announcement that the Department of Housing and Urban Development would obligate $8.2 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds that were allocated for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in September 2017. The Department will also remove onerous restrictions blocking Puerto Rico’s access to Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief funds for long-term recovery.

April 1, 2021 Press Release

TUCSON— Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General released a new report condemning medical conditions at La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, AZ. The report found that the facility, operated by private-prison company CoreCivic, failed to implement and enforce basic guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and provide detainees with adequate medical care. In response, Rep. Raúl M.

March 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Last Friday, in a previously unannounced move, Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced a bipartisan resolution with Rep. Gregorio Sablan (D-CNMI), Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI), Rep. Michael San Nicolas (D-Guam), Rep. Jenniffer González-Colon (R-P.R.), Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.) and Rep.

March 18, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) reintroduced their landmark Environmental Justice for All Act today, supported by a wide array of grassroots groups and environmental advocates from across the country.

March 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. The House passed an identical reauthorization in 2019 that was never brought up for a vote in Mitch McConnell’s Republican-controlled Senate. Since its passage in 1994, VAWA has provided critical resources to prevent domestic violence and protect women and children from its consequences while ensuring that survivors can access essential services.

March 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today the House of Representatives passed H.J.Res. 17, which will remove the arbitrary time limit previously imposed by Congress for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. When Congress passed the ERA in 1972, it set an arbitrary deadline of seven years for state legislatures to ratify the amendment. Thirty-five states ratified the ERA, three short of the requisite 38. Since the deadline passed, Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia ratified the ERA, providing the appropriate number of states to include it in the Constitution.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

Today, the House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Named after George Floyd, who was murdered in police custody last May, the comprehensive bill will work toward ending religious and racial profiling, bans chokeholds and no-knock warrants, and limits the transfer of military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement. Additionally, the bill ends qualified immunity and implements more mechanisms for communities to hold police officers accountable for wrongdoing.