H. R. 6691, Community Safety and Security Act of 2018.

This bill amends title 18, United States Code, to clarify the definition of “crime of violence”, and for other purposes.

NOTE: Two of the 3 DFL Reps present for the roll call voted opposite Jason Lewis, as did 146 other Dems in the House. We therefore regard Lewis’s vote as being against progressive values. (Minnesota Representatives Walz and Ellison did not vote)

Why This Bill Is Against Our Values:

“I must oppose H.R. 6691, the so-called ‘Community Safety and Security Act.’  This highly flawed bill is an example of why regular order and a meaningful deliberative process is essential to the crafting of legislation. Last April, the Supreme Court, in Sessions v. Dimaya, ruled that a portion of the criminal code’s definition of “crime of violence” is unconstitutionally vague.  That was nearly six months ago.  The Judiciary Committee has had ample time to examine the decision, to hold hearings, to gather input from a range of stakeholders, and to carefully develop legislation through a markup and regular order.  But, none of those things have happened.” (Ranking member Nadler of the House Judiciary Committee)

“Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) opposes H.R. 6691, a bill designed to rewrite the definition of a “crime of violence” in the federal criminal code. The bill would label seemingly nonviolent offenses such as burglary of an unoccupied home and fleeing as violent offenses. The bill would also label as violent conspiracy to commit any of the listed offenses, even when no violent acts have occurred.” (FAMM Press Release 9/6/2018)

“H.R. 6691 is a retrogressive measure that seeks to expand the federal criminal code and exacerbate mass incarceration at a time when the vast majority of Americans believe the country is ready for progressive criminal justice reform.” (Statement from the National Immigrant Justice Center)
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