Police reform a focus of U.S. presidential campaign

Saturday, 27 Jun, 2020

"We read this: Senate Democrats are agonizing over what to do about Senate Republicans' police reform bill".

We now call upon the Senate to put partisanship aside and do the right thing by passing this seminal legislation.

Republicans expressed concern that the bill could lead to problems with election security and the vote count.

Schumer's misspeak happened as he shut down the reform bill of Sen. But in the stalemate, Democrats and Republicans are blaming each other as a generational crisis over racial injustice and police tactics explodes outside the doors. Tim Scott of SC, the only Black Republican senator, and the author of the GOP bill. "The criticism of our bill is that it doesn't impose enough federal standards". Neither chamber of Congress had passed the bill before.

Even though the proposals from Congress share common ground, they diverge widely.

To become law, the bill's supporters argue it would only have to pass both chambers of Congress with a simple majority and then be signed by the President. The Senate rules are very different than the House.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Fox News previous year that the push for statehood is "full-bore socialism on the march in the House", adding that "as long as I'm the majority leader of the Senate, none of that stuff is going anywhere".

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is a comprehensive plan that aims to address numerous issues regarding systemic racism and brutality in law enforcement.

Sen. Tim Scott of SC, the only Black Republican senator, who drafted the GOP package, said Thursday that his bill is now "closer to the trash can than it's ever been".

Democrats and a select few GOP Senators did indeed block debate on the bill, but McConnell's gambit to make it look like it is the Democrats standing in the way of reform may not work. Angus King of ME, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, voted with Republicans to open the debate.

The legislative package from Democrats is perhaps the most ambitious set of proposed changes to police procedures and accountability in decades. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said this week.

But a Reuters/Ipsos poll, conducted June 22-23, found that Americans favour removing the protections at a almost two-to-one rate, 49 per cent to 26 per cent. Republicans were split evenly on the issue, with 38 per cent favouring removal and 37 per cent opposing such a move.

"We hear you. We see you".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticised Democrats as engaging in "political nonsense". If this bill were such a good path forward, why wouldn't civil rights organizations from one end of America to another say, "Go forward, maybe we'll get something done"?

And Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin Republican, was quoted by the Washington Post as saying of Democrats: "They don't want to talk about it when white people are killed". A vote on making it the 51st state was held in the House of Representatives in 1993 but was defeated.

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) who described Sen.

"Why don't you take the 80% now, see if you can win the election and go get the other 20%?" "McConnell procedurally. All he's offered is a motion to proceed - take it or leave it", Durbin told reporters.

"It seems to me that proceeding to consider Sen".

"The Senate has to do better", Pelosi said. The American people deserve more than political posturing. "We are ready to make a law, not just make a point". "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". But he acknowledged during an event today at the White House that the differences with the Democrats may mean that no bill becomes law. However, the GOP bill measure does not include a provision to eliminate "qualified immunity", a legal mechanism that protects police from being sued if accused of misconduct.

House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who rarely agrees with Pelosi, tweeted a picture of her father, former vice president Dick Cheney on Friday with the message: "Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK".