Democrats in the Senate have blocked a police reform bill brought by the Republicans designed to save lives.
The Democrats in the Senate said that the bill did not go far enough, including not banning chokeholds, which is why they want to use the House version designed by Democrats.
But the Republican version would deny federal funding to police departments who do not ban chokehold, which is essentially the same thing as departments need those funds.
“There is no conceivable way to rectify all of its many problems,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said.
“It’s not realistic we can fix this bill, even with a series of amendments,” the New York senator said prior to the vote, Fox News reported
.A Republican-authored police reform bill failed in a Senate test vote Wednesday after Democrats opposed the bill on the basis it did not go far enough – sparking a furious war of words on the floor and marking an apparent impasse just weeks after George Floyd’s death led to calls for new legislation.
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.
Senate Democrats just blocked police reform.
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— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) June 24, 2020
The Democrats just blocked the Republicans police reform bill.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) June 24, 2020
Sen. Tim Scott on Democrats blocking police reform bill: “the country has given us the opportunity to lead, to lead, and my friends on the other side just said no”https://t.co/6wQjjcSJ5l pic.twitter.com/e6uaHo1Pve
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 24, 2020
“Democrats just blocked the Senate from even considering police reform,” Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell said on Twitter.
“They threatened to do this unless I let them short-circuit the amendment process and rewrite @SenatorTimScott’s bill behind closed doors. This issue deserved better than more do-nothing Democratic theatrics,” he said.
Democrats just blocked the Senate from even considering police reform. They threatened to do this unless I let them short-circuit the amendment process and rewrite @SenatorTimScott’s bill behind closed doors. This issue deserved better than more do-nothing Democratic theatrics.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) June 24, 2020
“The Senate was supposed to officially take up police reform on the floor today. Instead, our Democratic colleagues are poised to turn this routine step into a partisan impasse,” he said.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate have proposed bills amid the movement to reform policing in the wake of Floyd’s death last month in Minneapolis police custody.