Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., right, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, center, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., conduct a news conference after the Senate Republican policy luncheon on June 23, 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Pool) ANALYSIS — In all likelihood, the question now is not whether Congress will act in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a police officer, Derek Chauvin, but who will the voters blame because it failed to act?
In Washington, the policing debate has entered the realm of the political, with Election Day now just four months away.
There’s still a chance that Senate Republicans will alter their policing bill, drafted by South Carolina’s Tim Scott, in an attempt to win over the five additional Democrats they need to at least begin a debate on it. But it’s just as likely, if not more so, that they will seek to make a case to voters that they took the issue seriously, offered a response and were stymied.
In casting 45 votes against the Scott bill, Senate Democrats and Vermont independent Bernie Sanders indicated that they’re willing to make their own case to voters: that the GOP bill was so deeply flawed that it would not […]
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