The corrupt Democrats have once again betrayed Black voters. They refused to even debate Senator Scott’s police reform bill on the floor of the Senate. That is because Senator Scott is a Republican. Horrible. Blexit!
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Now is the time to stop with the partisan games. We are ready to work with Democrats – they must take this chance to proceed to debate on the #JUSTICEAct. Americans are counting on us to get something done. pic.twitter.com/12sAPssUWF
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 23, 2020
I wish I could say I am shocked that Sens. Schumer, Harris, & Booker have now refused to hear, debate, or vote on the Justice Act. Disappointed to see the work & effort that has gone into the Justice Act only to be shut down by the Dems. #ChangeOnlyHappensWithEffortFromBothSides
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) June 23, 2020
Policing reform bill likely dying in Senate
In a letter, Democrats call Scott’s bill “threadbare” and “not salvageable.”
By ABC, June 23, 2020
A partisan standoff between Senate Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday is likely to quash efforts at sweeping reform to policing practices in the U.S. despite angry protests across the country demanding change in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks.
Democrats, backed by leading reform activists, demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pull the JUSTICE Act, a policing reform bill authored by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. — the chamber’s lone black Republican — and open bipartisan negotiations toward a compromise instead.
“We will not meet this moment by holding a floor vote on the JUSTICE Act, nor can we simply amend this bill, which is so threadbare and lacking in substance that it does not even provide a proper baseline for negotiations. This bill is not salvageable and we need bipartisan talks to get to a constructive starting point,” wrote Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and the Senate’s two black Democrats — Kamala Harris of California and New Jersey’s Cory Booker in a letter to McConnell.
Sen. McConnell, R-Ky., set up a key test vote for Wednesday, but the clash Tuesday made it clear Democrats have no intention of lending their necessary votes in order to begin debate on the GOP bill. McConnell is not expected to pull the Scott bill for negotiations, so the standoff meant nothing was likely to happen in the way of reform ahead of the election.
The GOP leader on Tuesday pushed, instead, for “discussion, debate and votes on amendments” on the GOP bill that leverages federal funds to compel police departments to enact change, like ending controversial practices like chokeholds, increasing the use of body cameras, making lynching a federal hate crime, increasing training and deescalation tactics and establishing commission to study the use of no-knock warrants in drug cases — a move that could, Scott has said, eventually lead to a ban.
“It is important for us to use the resources that we provide law enforcement in a way to get them — to compel them towards the direction that we think is in the best interest of the nation, of the communities that they serve, and frankly of the officers themselves,” said Scott in an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
“We’re ready to make a law not just make a point,” McConnell said Tuesday. “Tomorrow we’ll find out whether our Democratic colleagues share our ambition or whether they choose to duck the issue and leave the country in the lurch.”
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