Remarks on the Senate Floor

Last night I had a chance to speak about the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, someone who, as much as anyone in our history, advanced the cause of equality between men and women.

When President Clinton named her to the Supreme Court, she had already transformed American law through her trailblazing work as a professor and litigator. It’s why her nomination sailed through this body with 96 votes — a reminder of a time, not so very long ago, when the Senate understood its constitutional duty to advise and consent. …

Remarks in City Park on Racial Justice in Our Country

Thank you all for being here. Thank you to my friend Alvertis Simmons for bringing us all together for this commemoration of a moment in history that’s so important to our country. Thank you, Alvertis, for including me today.

One of the reasons we’re here today — one of the reasons we say the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Elijah McClain, and the other names spoken in moments like this — is because you know and I know that what happened to them would never have happened to me. …

It’s been one week since the world watched Minneapolis police kill George Floyd. You cannot watch the video without feeling sick, without remembering Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, and the countless other Americans who have lost their lives in this country because they were black.

When I worked for the City and County of Denver, one of the first tragedies we confronted was the unjustified shooting of a black teenager named Paul Childs by law enforcement in Park Hill.

That was almost 20 years ago. Nothing has changed.

What happened to George Floyd would never happen to my daughters. It would never happen to me. That is the reality we face, the reality thousands are protesting in Colorado and across the country, and the reality we must change. …


Senator Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator for Colorado

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