A shouting match erupted at Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on a hate crimes bill between Reps. Val Demings, D-Fla., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
The bill it was seeking to amend, however, does not have a provision to take funds away from law enforcement.
Called the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act, the legislation seeks to give incentives for hate crime reporting, boost funding to state-run hate crime hotlines and increase penalties for individuals convicted under current hate crime statutes.
"I served as a law enforcement officer for 27 years," Demings, a former police officer, said.
That's when Jordan cut into her speech, prompting Demings to raise her voice and slam her hand on the table.
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