Police Reform In The Senate Before Fourth Of July
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of the Senate wants to vote on a police reform bill before senators leave for the July 4 recess, three Republican senators said to the press.
The timeline is a complete U-turn from the predictions several top Republicans gave earlier Monday afternoon, when they told reporters before a meeting with McConnell that they did not expect to be able to pass a bill before the two-week break.
“I think he, if everything can be pulled together, yeah. I think there’s a sense that there’s a lot of work that’s been put into this and it would be nice to get it up and get it voted on,” Senator John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, told the press when asked if McConnell wants to vote before the break.
Thune added that the scheduling wasn’t “concrete” but said McConnell “recognizes Tim Scott‘s done a lot of work” and that the South Carolina Republican senator would get “a lot of support for the work that he’s done.”
Asked about McConnell wanting to bring a police reform bill to the floor before July 4, Senator John Barrasso said that McConnell would “like to do that.” A third GOP senator told The Hill that he believes McConnell “intends to have a vote if he can” before July 4.
McConnell hasn’t publicly committed to a timeline for bringing up a police reform bill but touted the working group led by Scott on Monday.
“Under the leadership of Sen. Tim Scott, our conference is developing a serious proposal to reform law enforcement in smart ways without lashing out needlessly and counterproductively at the first responders who are a credit to their communities,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.
If senators don’t pass a bill before July 4, they wouldn’t be able to act on police reform until at least July 20, when they are scheduled to return from the break.