“First, as a father, I feel strongly that the verdict reached yesterday in the killing of Jordan Edwards was just. I have a great deal of respect for law enforcement. But, for far too long, unjustified killings and shootings of black men and boys have been taken lightly and not given fair due process in our criminal justice system.
"Senator John McCain was a true patriot, who loved his family and this country before all else. He faced many hard fought battles, but his grit, his belief in working together for the greater good, and his deep loyalty to those in uniform show the measure of his character. He inspired many, and persevered for this country.
"I believe the work of our military, and the sacrifices their families make on behalf of our country, deserve our continued support. That is why in February, I introduced a bill that would prohibit the expenditure of millions of taxpayer dollars on President Trump’s frivolous exercise.
"Aretha’s songs were the soundtrack to a higher power. Chain of Fools; RESPECT; Say A Little Prayer – her lyrics were a powerful croon that transported a generation. Her train picked up 'sinners and saints.' Her stardom on and off the stage is an ode to her personified perfection. She made every stage her hallelujah; and carried us into her state of grace.
"At a moment when our country needed moral leadership, the President failed us. Racially charged hate and bigotry will always be a stain on this country’s history, but we can not allow it to be a part of our future.
Following the opening of an investigation by Texas state officials into the possible neglect of a minor who died upon leaving an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Dilley, Rep.Marc Veasey issued the statement below:
“3D guns are a public safety nightmare that needs to be dealt with in Congress head-on,” said Congressman Veasey. “The Trump Administration can’t shirk responsibility over this catastrophic mishandling.”
“I’m very saddened to hear about the passing of former Congressman Ron Dellums, but I join in celebrating his decades of service to the Golden State and to this country.
“After President Trump’s capitulation to Putin in Helsinki – our 2018 elections are in serious danger of further interference from Russia, said Congressman Veasey. Republicans have failed to put any measures into action to respond to Trump’s alliance with Putin.
“President Trump’s display in Helsinki was a total capitulation to Putin,” said Congressman Veasey. “He is weakening our democracy for a congratulatory hand shake and an ego stroke from Putin. The President’s failure to confront an adversary, to protect and preserve our lasting democratic institutions, shows he is gravely unfit to be our Commander-in-Chief."