Democrats have forced police reform to grind to a halt after striking down a Republican proposal that would have made key changes to police throughout the country in an effort to combat potential police brutality.
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 which resulted in a shouting match on the floor as childish Democrats once again failed to do their jobs.
Not only does this move prove that the Democrats don’t care about helping people by passing meaningful legislature, it also virtually ensures that any potential bill will take even longer now.
“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 filled with rage adding that the bill was a “first offer” and could have been altered during the debate process.
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.
GOP Senator Tim Scott led the charge on the legislation which would beef up requirements for law enforcement to compile use of force reports. It would also establish the Breonna Taylor Notification Act to track “no-knock” warrants. To focus on ending chokeholds, it encourages agencies to do away with the practice or risk losing federal funds.
And still – the Democrats didn’t even want to discuss it. 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.”
Scott took to the Senate floor after the vote to blast Democrats for what he saw as opposition fueled by politics, not policy.
“They cannot allow this party to be seen as a party that reaches out to all communities in this nation,” he said.
Prior the vote, McConnell praised the bill and accused Democrats of coming up with a “bizarre new ultimatum” by threatening to block the bill from being debated.
“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,” he said.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, was instrumental in shutting down the reform bill in before taking shots at McConnell and said the bill was the “legislative equivalent of a fig leaf, something that provides a little cover but no real change.”
The mainstream media will surely paint this as a GOP failure, but its important to remember the truth about what exactly is happening here.