Pingree, House Democrats Pass Legislation to Build Safer Communities
The legislation will help to save lives and support public safety
Washington, September 22, 2022
Tags: Community Safety
Maine’s First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and House Democrats today passed a robust public safety package to prevent crime, save lives, and serve justice. The four bills passed in the legislative package include the bipartisan Invest to Protect Act (H.R. 6448), the Mental Health Justice Act (H.R. 8542), the Break the Cycle of Violence Act (H.R. 4118), and the Violent Incident Clearance and Technological Investigative Methods (VICTIM) Act (H.R. 5768).
“This public safety package provides important tools and resources to help protect communities across Maine. I’m pleased that these bills will fund evidence-based violence prevention programs and critically needed mental health response teams, and ensure that small towns can invest in training,” said Pingree. “On the heels of President Biden signing the Safer Communities Act, today’s vote further solidifies the Democratic majority’s commitment to keeping communities safe from firearms and supporting victims of gun violence.”
The public safety package passed today includes:
Throughout her time in Congress, Pingree has supported and cosponsored legislation to curb gun violence, increase transparency and accountability in policing, and build safer communities. She is an original cosponsor of the bicameral Justice in Policing Act, which has twice passed the House.
In June, Pingree helped pass bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation, the Protecting Our Kids Act, and the Safer Communities Act. Pingree and the House also recently voted to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban and establish an AMBER Alert-style warning during shootings. These measures strongly support law enforcement while saving lives.
Click here to learn more about how Pingree is working to keep Maine communities safe.