Biden Blames Senate Republicans After Police Reform Negotiations Fail

In Summary

After bipartisan negotiations on police reform failed Wednesday, President Biden said Republicans "refused to take action." 

President Joe Biden is speaking out against Senate Republicans after bipartisan negotiations over police reform came to an unsuccessful end on Wednesday.  

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The failure to reach a resolution came after Democratic Senator Cory Booker and Representative Karen Bass worked with Republican Senator Tim Scott for months on the topic.  

On Wednesday, Booker announced no compromise could be reached. “After months of exhausting every possible pathway to a bipartisan deal, it remains out of reach right now,” Booker said. “Unfortunately, even with this law enforcement support and further compromises we offered, there was still too wide a gulf with our negotiating partners and we faced significant obstacles to securing a bipartisan deal.”  

Bass blamed Senate Republicans, saying, “[Democrats] accepted significant compromises, knowing that they would be a tough sell to our community, but still believing that we would be moving the needle forward on this issue. But every time, more was demanded to the point that there would be no progress made in the bill that we were left discussing.”  

According to CNN, Biden said, “Regrettably, Senate Republicans rejected enacting modest reforms, which even the previous president had supported, while refusing to take action on key issues that many in law enforcement were willing to address.”  

Booker, Bass and Scott spent about six months in negotiations about reform, CNN reported. President Biden hoped a compromise would be reached one year after George Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was sentenced for the killing.  

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The House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act twice. However, the bill stalled in the Senate in 2020. According to The Hill, in order to move forward now, it would need ten votes from Republican legislators to break the filibuster if Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer were to bring it to a vote.  

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