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Don't bet on Congress fixing America's police problems

Posted On: Jun 3, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

Don't bet on Congress fixing America's police problems

Joe Biden wants Congress to end chokeholds and military transfers to police. Nancy Pelosi is talking about “historic” opportunities to reform police policies. Chuck Grassley says it's time to “address police use of force.”
But the smart bet is on Congress accomplishing little in response to nationwide protests decrying the killing of George Floyd and other black Americans at the hands of U.S. police. The House and Senate can't even agree right now on a relatively modest reform to a small-business loan program, let alone how to plunge into a debate over race and cops.
“If we're waiting for the Republican majority, nothing will happen,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin. “You look at our inability to deal with gun safety, it can discourage the belief that we ever respond to anything that's timely." He added that House Democrats should still move forward on their proposals regardless of opposition in the GOP-led Senate.
Complicating efforts is that the two chambers are just beginning negotiations...

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