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Phillips Introduces Bill to Bolster Police Recruitment Nationwide

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Dean Phillips introduced the bipartisan Pathways to Policing Act to address the police shortage in Minnesota and in communities across the country. The bill is endorsed by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police, and the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. The Pathways to Policing Act invests in programs to he...

Fox News: House Democrats push measure to invest in local police departments amid stall from leadership

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House Democrats appear at odds over a bipartisan measure introduced earlier this year that would provide investments in local police departments across America to ensure officers have the resources needed to keep them and their communities safe. Led by New Jersey Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer and Florida Republican Rep. John Rutherford, the Invest to Protect Act would provide small police depart...

Phillips Introduces Bill to Combat Porch Piracy

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Washington, D.C. —Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) introduced the Porch Pirates Act to combat increasing occurrences of package theft. The bill would apply the same federal penalties that apply to the theft of United States Postal Service (USPS) mail to the theft of commercial packages from private carriers such as Amazon, FedEx, and UPS. “As e-commerce grows, so does the theft of packages from o...

Phillips Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand and Strengthen Telehealth Services

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– Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Steve Chabot (R-OH) announced the introduction of the bipartisan Telehealth Coverage and Payment Parity Act (H.R. 4480) aimed at improving Americans’ access to health care whenever and wherever they need it. The bipartisan legislation pushes for permanent coverage and payment parity for telehealth services at the federal level. With the country still grappli...

Phillips on the Anniversary of George Floyd's Murder

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― Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) released the following statement on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, as police reform negotiations continue, led by a bipartisan group of lawmakers that includes Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. Phillips’s colleagues on the Problem Solvers Caucus: “It was one year ago, today. George Floyd’s murder finally forced our country to acknowledge ...

In Honor of National Police Week, Phillips Salutes and Thanks Minnesota Law Enforcement

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) spoke on the House floor during a Special Order Hour organized by Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) to honor Minnesota law enforcement officers and their sacrifices made in the line of duty. “As a Gold Star Son, I empathize with and salute the overwhelmingly honorable men and women who don a uniform and risk their lives every day to protect our country, and our communities ...

Phillips Endorses Historic Action to Legalize Adult Recreational Cannabis Use in Letter to Minnesota Legislature

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) endorsed the legalization of adult recreational cannabis in Minnesota for the first time. In a letter delivered to legislative leaders in Minnesota this morning, Phillips touted his support for House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler’s bill, H.F. 600, and called on the Minnesota House and Senate to pass the legislation this session. Despite bipartisan, majority citizen...

Phillips Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict

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Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) issued the following statement today: "Justice was served for George Floyd today, but America’s work, our work, to ensure justice, safety and opportunity FOR ALL will continue with even more intention, more fortitude, and more purpose. Onwards in unity.” ###

Phillips Statement on the Shooting of Daunte Wright

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) released the following statement: “Yesterday, our community suffered another horrific tragedy when Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic and bench warrant stop in Brooklyn Center, just next door to the district I represent in Congress. At a press conference today, the Brooklyn Center Police Chief asserted that his officer had confu...

After Worst Year for Gun Violence in Decades, Phillips Demands Status Report on Gun Violence Research

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) sent a letter to the directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) demanding a status report on the progress of taxpayer-funded research on gun violence, as well as an estimate for when that research will yield actionable recommendations for policymakers. Phillips’s letter comes days after tragic shoot...