Social Justice and Equity

Betty has a long history of fighting for social justice, environmental justice, and against civil rights/human rights abuses. She supports Justice Department funding to investigate and take action against states and local jurisdictions where there is evidence of violations of civil rights and/or voting rights. Regarding police funding, Betty supports a prohibition on the federal transfer of military items to police departments.

Here are examples of legislation Betty has been sponsoring and leading on in the 116th Congress:

  • H.R. 7120: George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 (co-sponsor / passed House)
  • H.R. 35: Emmett Till Antilynching Act (co-sponsor / passed House)
  • H.R. 1714: Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act (co-sponsor)
  • H.R. 4339: End Racial Profiling Act of 2019 (co-sponsor)
  • H.R. 6034: Hmong and Lao Refugee Deportation Prohibition Act of 2020 (Authored by Betty)

As Chair of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. McCollum authored and passed the $36.6 billion spending bill to fund the Department of the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency for fiscal year 2021. This bill includes funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, environmental justice programs to protect low-income communities of color from polluters, and a $6.5 billion for the Indian Health Service, a $445 million increase for critical health care for Native American communities. Rep. McCollum also included in her bill language to ban the Confederate flag from being displayed on National Park Service land, a provision strongly supported by the Congressional Black Caucus.

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