On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate’s only black Republican, Tim Scott, blasted House Democrats over their forthcoming police reform bill, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (JIPA).
Because last year when Sen. Scott introduced his police reform bill, the JUSTICE Act, Senate Democrats filibustered it despite support from both parties.
Scott said Tuesday, “I am disappointed that the House has decided to vote on a partisan bill in an attempt to fix a non-partisan issue.”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 24, 2020
Sen. Scott Has Been A Longtime Advocate For Police And Criminal Justice Reform
Scott has been working on and speaking out about issues related to police and criminal justice reform for years.
After an unarmed black man was murdered by police in North Charleston, South Carolina in 2015, the senator gave an emotional speech in 2016 on the chamber floor about his own harrowing experiences with law enforcement throughout his life.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) July 13, 2016
Scott wrote in a 2018 USA Today op-ed that he, like other African Americans, “have found myself choking on my own fears and disbelief” during tragedies involving law enforcement.
Tim Scott slams Pelosi for saying Republicans are trying to cover up George Floyd's murder with police reform legislation:
"She knows that she can say that because the Democrats have a monopoly on the black vote." pic.twitter.com/qbk5vsAQUd
— Caleb Hull (I'm With the CCP Don't Ban Me) (@CalebJHull) June 24, 2020
Sen. Scott: ‘I Am Not Immune To Being Stopped’
“Even today, while I have the privilege of serving as a United States senator, I am not immune to being stopped while driving at home or even while walking onto the grounds of the Capitol,” Scott wrote.
“Each time, I hold my breath and each time, I have been able to exhale and go about my business. Thank God!” he added.
Scott’s JUSTICE Act bill included several measures that police reform advocates have long sought, including incentives for chokehold bans and money to purchase body cameras for police officers.
In 2020, Senate Republicans laid out a short demonstration of the legislation Scott was offering and how it was ultimately rejected by Democrats – including now Vice President Kamala Harris.
No knock warrants?
All addressed in the #JusticeACT.
All blocked by @SenKamalaHarris. pic.twitter.com/hm5oiSShZK
— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) October 8, 2020
Sen. Scott Not Happy About The Partisanship
Scott’s bill contained most of what is in the Democrats’ bill now.
A borderline angry Scott told the Senate last year, “The actual problem is not what is being offered; it is who is offering it.”
Sen. Scott said on Tuesday, “I hope my friends on the other side of the aisle will come to the table to find common ground where we can make meaningful changes that will bring us closer to the goal of a more just country.”
"All these communities have been run by Democrats for decades…. I’m willing to compete for their vote. Are you?" pic.twitter.com/jgJtMXPTld
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 25, 2020
Trump Endorses Tim Scott For Re-Election
Just yesterday, President Trump endorsed Senator Scott in his upcoming re-election bid in 2022.
The two had worked together on Scott’s criminal justice reform bill.
I really appreciate President Trump coming out early and strong in support of my good friend, @SenatorTimScott reelection.
Tim is one of the most talented people I have ever known. pic.twitter.com/p1fq0Fqp7s
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 2, 2021
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