The Senate Republicans’ police reform bill, spearheaded by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, an African American, has hit an impasse.
To start the debate on Scott’s Justice Act, Republicans needed 60 votes. They got 55.
Per Fox News:
This effectively freezes police reform in Congress for now, even if the House approves its own measure on Thursday.
“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, R-Ky., fumed, saying 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.
The GOP legislation, spearheaded by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., 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.