Democrat senators on Monday gave their strongest indication, however, that they could block the GOP police reform bill from reaching the floor, a risky move that could prevent a revision of the bill this year because of party concerns. it is very weak.
Democrats are demanding clear commitments from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that they will be able to vote on the amendments. However, McConnell said so far he would be willing to carry out an “open” process on the ground, but did not specify which amendments would be considered. Democrats are expected to continue discussing their strategy on Tuesday.
Following an invitation Monday afternoon, Democrats in the Senate were optimistic about the prospects for moving forward in the bill offered by TCP Sen. Tim Scott, saying much more needs to be changed and that McConnell has not committed. to allow votes for floor amendments. Many expected the bill to be blocked as Republicans needed at least seven Democratic votes to break a film.
Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaiian Democrat, said the Scottish bill “does not do what we need to do, which is an honest police reform.”
“The time to talk is before the bill arrives … if you really want to do serious work on a serious issue, you should have discussions right now,” he said.
Senate minority Whip Dick Durbin declined to discuss his party’s strategy, but noted the Democrats’ decision to block McConnell’s initial $ 2 trillion stimulus plan in March. The two sides then reached an agreement that the Democrats reached after changes to the historic bailout package.
“We have seen similar offers in the past – in the CARES law – and I think the best thing that has happened is that we have not accepted its offer and demanded a bilateral approach to it,” Durbin said.
In addition, key groups have also begun to push for opposition to the plan, including the NAACP influence, which has prompted senators to block the bill in Wednesday’s procedural vote.
Also on Monday, both Al Sharpton spokesman and Benjamin Crump – the power representative who represents George Floyd’s family, the unarmed black man who was killed while in custody in Minneapolis when an officer knelt on his neck – announced his opposition to the plan. Scott.
“The Black Community is tired of lip service and is shocked that this $ 7 billion package can be seen as legislation,” Crump said.
Many Democrats would not say whether they would vote against the bill, even if they were not sure how to get the “yes” vote on Wednesday.
- New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, lead author of the Democrats bill, would not say Monday whether he would vote to promote the Scott bill. “We have a lot of discussion,” Booker said. “I think there are a lot of things going on right now that show that the process that is going on is not a good process. The House has gone through a process. They passed a committee, they did a lot of things. It was a normal, normal ordering process. It’s not that. We have a lot of discussions about this now and we will see where it ends up. “
- Senator Chris Murphy Connecticut added: “There has been no contact with McConnell.”
- Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, strongly criticizes Scott’s bill, called the Justice Act. “Where is justice in the law of justice?” he said. Asked if Democrats could change the floor according to their preferences, Menendez said: “If you have commitments ahead. They do not exist.”
A Democrat in a difficult re-election, Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, has said he has a tendency to vote to move the bill forward. But when asked about the lack of progress in talks with McConnell, Jones said: “It never exists. We’ll see where it goes.”
Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat and a voter, said: “I have no idea (how to vote.) Everything is still open.”