In all, the bills would involve nearly $2 billion in grant programs in the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Labor through 2029, if appropriators choose to fund them.
However, the surveillance legislation has faced strong opposition in the evenly divided Senate, which is unlikely to adopt any of the measures passed by the House.
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and other Republicans widely described the bills as political messages ahead of midterm elections in which rising crime could drag down Democrats. Since Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd in 2020 in a video that sparked protests across the country, Jordan has argued that Democrats backed efforts that undermined policing.
“It should also come as no surprise that Democrats are now trying to run and hide from their radical ideas and their dangerous rhetoric” about policing, Jordan said in a speech on the floor.
Thursday’s votes came after months of infighting among Democrats, which almost swamped the entire series of votes. Four Democrats, including Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., voted against a rule that would allow the House to consider bills on the floor.