House Democrats vote unanimously against resolution that condemns violence and rioting

The resolution spoke out against police violence, in addition to violence aimed at police

Updated: June 26, 2020 - 9:12am

House Democrats have unanimously blocked a resolution condemning acts of violence and rioting in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis one month ago. 

The resolution, introduced by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.), called the death of George Floyd "inconsistent with the values and conduct expected of law enforcement officers," but condemned the "deliberate targeting of law enforcement officers" by some of the rioters. 

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who has been a vocal defender of law enforcement as protests and anti-police demonstrations sweep the nation, spoke in defense of the resolution.

"I think [the resolution] is consistent with where American values are, consistent with the problems we face, consistent with the serious situation we are in," Jordan said Thursday when the measure failed.

He also said that defunding the police is "one of the craziest public policy proposals I have ever seen." 

No Democrats voted in favor of the measure.

Independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a former Republican, voted with the GOP caucus.