“June or Bust” For Police Bill

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) Bargainers in the Congress need to reach a bipartisan deal “on revamping policing procedures by early summer of abandon the effort.” This was said by Republicans on Wednesday which was the day after George Floyd’s family made a visit to Washington, D.C. One reason that they went was to “prod lawmakers to act.”

Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina made a comment when Floyd’s family was in Washington, D.C., “I think it’s June or bust. We’ve got three weeks in June to get this done.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, Scott’s fellow South Carolina Republican, said, “I think if it’s going to happen. It’ll happen before the July break.”

Such talks were very serious in April but they “produced no tangible product.” Neither senator said why these next weeks will be different or why these weeks could be pivotal. 

Historically, Congress has a more difficult time resolving “controversial issues as an election year approaches.” It always appears that each of the parties seek “issues to use in upcoming campaigns.” Of course, the Republicans have plans to win the House and, also, perhaps the Senate in the 2022 elections.

Hillary O. Shelton, a senior vice president of the NAACP and director of the organization’s Washington office, said, “I hope it’s not being considered an ultimatum. I hope it’s to push their fellow Republicans and say ‘Let’s take care of this.’”

As we all remember, the Floyd case triggered “widespread racial justice demonstrations.” Changing police procedures were a definite ultimatum after Floyd’s death, but nothing serious has been done. 


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