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Sen. Tim Scott rips into the Democrats after GOP police reform effort fails in Senate
By Fox News, June 24, 2020
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., ripped into Democrats Wednesday after the bill he authored on police reform failed in the Senate on a procedural vote, accusing Democrats of punting on the issue until after the election and abusing what he described as their “monopoly” on black voters.
“They cannot allow this party to be seen as a party that reaches out to all communities in this nation,” he said of congressional Democrats.
The procedural vote on whether to start debate was 55-45; it needed 60 votes in order to proceed. Republicans had 53 votes, but not enough Democrats joined them.
This effectively freezes police reform in Congress for now, even if the House approves its own measure on Thursday, despite a nationwide movement for reform since the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Democrats had objected to the bill not ending police chokeholds or qualified immunity for police officers.
But Scott emphasized what the bill did, including increasing requirements for use-of-force reports, a tracker on “no-knock” warrants and encouraging agencies to do away with chokeholds or lose federal funding.
“We were four [votes] short of saying yes, yes to having enough information to direct training and resources in such a way that we could hold people accountable,” he said. “We were four votes short of saying yes to having a powerful tool of pooling resources to compel behavior on chokeholds.”
He said that, if the bill had moved to the debate stage, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had agreed to allow debate on 20 amendments, and that Democrats could have gotten most of what they wanted.
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