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Democratic bill for police reform blocked by lack of bipartisan consensus

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A bill created by House Democrats in response to nationwide protests calling for police reformation has been stalled due to lack of bipartisan consensus. 

The bill was drafted without GOP input, which led Republicans to write an opposing bill. This will stall police reform, potentially until after the 2020 general election. 

“Americans from every walk of life and corner of the country have been marching, protesting and demanding that this moment of national agony become one of national action,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a press conference at the East House Front Steps in the Capitol. “Today, with the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the House is honoring his life and the lives of all killed by police brutality, and pledging: never again.”

House Republicans are upset that their proposal was blocked due to a lack of necessary votes to advance the bill. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif talks mentions how the Republican party was never consulted during the creation of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. 

“From committee to floor, not one Republican amendment is going to be allowed. Never consulted us on the creation of this bill. I’ve reached out to those on the Democratic side explaining that I wanted to make law,” Congressman McCarthy said. “I wanted to work together. And I still do.”

Written by: Samantha Fabela-Andaya

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