Thus far, bipartisanship has remained largely absent from the U.S. Congress. Narrowly controlled by the Democrat Party, Congress is a battlefield as leftist legislators eagerly endeavor to pass bills without a shred of GOP support. Democrats believe they know what is best and lack any interest in working with conservative lawmakers who dissent.
Many congressional Democrats have rallied to end the Senate filibuster; although, on this front, they’re out of luck. Every single Republican senator and a minority of Democrat senators are against removing the filibuster. This means that anti-filibuster Democrats don’t have the votes.
As it turns out, though, police reform legislation poses an opportunity for bipartisan work in Washington D.C. Newsmax reports that lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum are working to get a police reform bill through the Senate.
What to Know About Police Reform in Congress
Republican Sen. Tim Scott is playing a major role in current police reform endeavors, just as he did last year when Democrats filibustered his legislation. However, this go-around, Democrats appear more willing to work with the GOP.
Yesterday, the South Carolina GOP senator explained that leftist lawmakers are presently searching for solutions, rather than problems. Scott also made a point of noting that the legislation he attempted to pass in 2020 is even more popular as of now.
On whether Pres. Joe Biden can get police reform through, @GovChristie says "it can be done in Washington, I think Tim Scott and Joe Biden are the two keys to that." https://t.co/zeI9BjbqaQ pic.twitter.com/WC85RBoGJC
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 2, 2021
The legislation currently being discussed by Republicans and Democrats in Congress comes with a series of changes to policing in America. These modifications entail changes to no-knock warrants, the provision of military gear for local police officers, and more.
Finally, Scott noted that police reform isn’t about Republicans or Democrats scoring political points, but rather about the safety of U.S. communities.
Other Lawmakers on Police Reform
Last month, Democrat Rep. Karen Bass acknowledged Sen. Scott’s work with bipartisan lawmakers to pass police reform. In light of the currently divided political climate, getting Republican and Democrat legislators together is quite a tall order.
So that's why you guys used it to block the black Senator's police reform bill. https://t.co/sKyArhpbJ9
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 29, 2021
However, Sen. Scott’s work is having a clear impact; the South Carolina lawmaker maintains that many Republicans are on board with police reform and that an agreement between both political sides is forthcoming.
Last month, the White House confirmed that President Biden very much aims to sign police reform legislation into law.
Do you think lawmakers will manage to get a bipartisan police reform bill through the Senate and onto President Biden’s desk for a signature? Share your predictions with us in the comments section below.