A police reform bill brought forth by Senate Republicans failed a test vote on June 24, 2020 due to Democrats claiming the legislation was not progressive enough. Weeks after the death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody, a battle centered around police reform has been gaining speed.
Democrats Refuse to Compromise
Out of 60 votes needed, the vote to start the debate was 55-45, which was not enough to proceed. 53 Republicans voted yes, but there were not enough Democrats who joined in order to pass the Republican-authored bill.
“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,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
He continued to say that the bill was only a “first offer,” and Democrats basically shutdown any option of altering the bill through debate.
Republican Sen. Tim Scott led the way with the GOP police bill to increase requirements for law enforcement to record reports on the use of force. Among other things, the bill would also push to end chokeholds.
Dems Police Reform Stipulation Demands
Democrats have stipulated that their demands include the bill must end qualified immunity for officers, and it must also outright ban chokeholds.
Democrat Sen. Cory Booker claimed the bill “guarantees that the cycle of violence in our country, the cycle of abuse of civil rights, the cycle of death that has moved so many Americans will continue.”
Only three House Democrats, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, Alabama’s Doug Jones, and Maine’s Angus King voted to move forward with the bill.
Sen. Scott Blasts Dem’s Hypocrisy
Sen. Scott expressed his anger over the Democrats‘ political games and called them out on the Senate floor.
“They cannot allow this party to be seen as a party that reaches out to all communities in this nation,” he said.
Tim Scott blasted Democrats & called them out for blocking the police reform bill & failing to protect poor communities: "All these communities have been run by Democrats for decades. DECADES! … I’m willing to compete for their vote. Are you?"pic.twitter.com/GxWdh5LKn6
— Catt (@CattHarmony) June 25, 2020
“They don’t want a debate, they don’t want amendments, they’ll filibuster police reform from even reaching the floor of the Senate unless the majority lets the minority rewrite the bill behind closed doors in advance,” McConnell stated.
Well-known Trump loather Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer shot back at McConnell’s response, saying that the bill was the “legislative equivalent of a fig leaf, something that provides a little cover but no real change.”
“Don’t get on your sanctimonious horse, Leader McConnell. You have none of the civil rights leaders behind you,” Schumer continued.
Left-Wing Violence Gains Speed
Democrats, rioters, left-wing mobs and Antifa have been fueling violence since the death of George Floyd on May 25. As Republicans tried to bring forth a bill to potentially deal with police reform, Democrats quickly shutdown any compromise.
On June 23, 2020, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Republicans are “trying to get away with murder, actually – the murder of George Floyd.”
As liberals push harder to create anarchy and division, there are still those on the right attempting to bring back law and order.