Politics Rep. Karen Bass vows to persist on police reform: 'We have to keep pushing'
House approves police reform bill named in honor of George Floyd
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed policing legislation named in honor of George Floyd, whose death in police custody has sparked nationwide calls to address police misconduct and racial injustice and prompted weeks of protests and civil unrest. © Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on June 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. Pelosi and House Democrats discussed proposed legislation that aims to lower health care costs.
Rep. Karen Bass, one of the chief architects of the House police reform bill, vowed on Tuesday to continue fighting for change even as the legislation stalls in Congress.
Speaking at a POLITICO virtual town hall, the California Democrat said she believed the current moment presented a unique opportunity to combat police brutality.
“This is something I’ve worked on for over four decades. I’m not hardly going to stop now,” Bass told POLITICO reporters Laura Barrón-López and Eugene Daniels. “Especially when we have this moment where transformative change is possible. But we have to push, we have to keep pushing, and I’m ready to do that.”
House Passes Sweeping Policing Bill Targeting Racial Bias and Use of Force
WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed an expansive policing overhaul bill aimed at combating racial discrimination and excessive use of force in law enforcement, as Democrats sought to respond to a nationwide outcry for racial justice and pushed through legislation that is doomed in the Republican-controlled Senate. The bipartisan vote was 236-181 to approve the measure, the most sweeping federal intervention into law enforcement in years. It would eliminate legal protections that shield police officers from lawsuits, make it easier to prosecute them for wrongdoing, impose a new set of restrictions on the use of deadly force, and effectively ban the use of c
On Thursday, the House passedwith the support of every Democratic representative and three Republican lawmakers.
The bill, drafted by the Congressional Black Caucus, would end the “qualified immunity” doctrine that protects police officers from lawsuits and ban no-knock warrants. But despite the legislation’s bipartisan support in the House, the reform effort is unlikely to make its way past the Republican-controlled Senate and get to President Donald Trump’s desk.
Bass said she was not aware of any ongoing negotiations to advance the bill in the Senate, but expressed optimism that some GOP senators could be swayed.
“What I am hoping is that in conversations that I am beginning to have with my Republican colleagues in the House, they have their colleagues in the Senate, just as we do on the Democratic side,” Bass said. “And so I am hoping with those conversations that they might be able to move some of their colleagues over in the Senate.”
Bass has seen her national profile rise in recent weeks as she spearheaded the Democratic effort to overhaul the criminal justice system and tackle systemic racism in policing. Her name has even been floated as afor Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Tim Scott says he's talking with House Democrats about reviving police reform bill .
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said Wednesday he's talking with House Democrats about potentially reviving his GOP police reform bill.Scott, who is the only Black Republican senator and had taken the lead in writing the GOP's police reform legislation, said that he had spoken with Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), who heads the Congressional Black Caucus, about compromising on points of his bill, including on qualified immunity.The South Carolina senator'sScott, who is the only Black Republican senator and had taken the lead in writing the GOP's police reform legislation, said that he had spoken with Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.