Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri on Friday co-authored a letter to President Biden, urging him to "immediately commute the sentences of all those on death row."
The three-page letter included co-signers like Reps. Karen Bass, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ritchie Torres.
It is the second letter Pressley has sent to Biden, pushing him to act quickly to end the federal death penalty. There are currently 49 men on federal death row.
Biden has previously said that ending the federal death penalty is on his list of plans for criminal justice reform, but he has yet to address the federal death penalty, even after issuing several executive orders during his first two days in office.
Asked on Wednesday whether there would be a moratorium on the federal death penalty, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “The President, as you know, has stated his opposition to the death penalty in the past. He remains – that remains his view. I don't have anything more for you in terms of future actions or mechanisms though."
In their letter on Friday, Pressley and Bush urged Biden "to take swift, decisive action" by "commuting the death sentences of those on death row and ensuring that each person is provided with an adequate and unique re-sentencing process is a crucial first step in remedying this grave injustice."
"We look forward to working with your administration to enact just and restorative policies that will meaningfully transform our criminal legal system for the better," the letter said.