1. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"Today, we are standing here for justice as we bring forward the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act. Exactly one month ago, George Floyd spoke his final words, 'I can't breathe' and changed the course of history. Since that horrific day, Americans from every walk of life and corner of the country have been marching, protesting and demanding that this moment of national agony become one of national action. Today, with the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act, the House is honoring his life and the lives of all killed by police brutality and pledging, never again."
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"Today we have the opportunity and the obligation to ensure that his death and the death of so many others are not in vain. When we pass this bill the Senate will have a choice to honor George Floyd's life or to do nothing."
"His death will not be just another Black man dead at the hands of the police. Sadly, people around the world are marching for human rights in America. The United Nations has held discussions about human rights in America. We are supposed to be the beacon of hope for human rights in other countries. And the Justice and Policing Act is a bill for human rights in our country."
After the collapse of a policing overhaul in the Senate, House Democrats returned to Washington on Thursday for a day heavy with emotion, symbolism and voting on their sweeping proposal to address the global outcry over the death of George Floyd and other Black Americans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gathered with members of the Congressional Black Caucus on the Capitol steps challenging Congress not to allow the deaths and the outpouring of public support for law enforcement changes go in vain.
“Exactly one month ago, George Floyd spoke his final words - ‘I cant breathe’ - and changed the course of history,” Pelosi said.
She said the Senate faces a choice "to honor George Floyd's life or to do nothing."
The House vote is set for Thursday evening on the Justice in Policing Act, perhaps the most ambitious proposed changes to police procedures and accountability in decades. Backed by the nation's leading civil rights groups, it seeks to match the moment of massive street-filled demonstrations. It has almost zero chance of becoming law.
On the eve of the vote, President Donald Trump's administration signaled he would veto the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also said it will not pass the Republican-held chamber.