‘We are going there’


Rep. Jim Clayburn, Democrat of South Carolina, said he believes that the long-awaited bipartisan negotiations on the police reform bill are at a “decision-making” point and expressed optimism for lawmakers. Congress It is “going there”.

Democrats and Republicans Since large-scale anti-racism and Black people’s fate is also fate The demonstration last summer was triggered by the murder of an unarmed black man George Freud A police officer in Minnesota.president Joe Biden Earlier, a deadline of May 25 – the first anniversary of Freud’s death – was set for Congress to pass a bill. But negotiators failed to accomplish anything before the deadline, leading some to question whether a bipartisan agreement could be reached.

“I want to say that we are in the decision-making stage,” Clayburn, who is the majority whip in the House of Representatives, told CNNState of the Union Address on SundayThe Democratic congressman said he spoke with South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott, who led the Republican negotiations on Saturday. He also said that he had a conversation with the local sheriff in Richland County, South Carolina.

Representative Jim Clayburn (D-South Carolina) said in an interview on Sunday that the two parties’ police reform negotiators are in the “decision-making” stage. In this photo, Clayburn speaks at a hearing on Capitol Hill on June 22.
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“They all told me this is not dead. I am working with them. I am working with [Democratic Representative] Karen Bass [of California]. I’m working with [Democratic Senator] Cory Booker of New Jersey,” Cliburn continued.

“I think we will do this. Between the July vacation and the beginning of August, we still have some time to complete this work. I really think we can do it,” the South Carolina congressman said optimistically .Although Cliburn pointed out that there are still “some differences,” he said that Republicans and Democratic Party You can come together to “reconcile” them.

“I have hope that we can accomplish this because it needs to be completed,” he said.

After congressional negotiators failed to meet Biden’s May 25 deadline, they set the end of June as a new goal. It is July, and it is not clear whether police legislation will be ready in the coming weeks or months.

“This is more complicated than the first four or five issues we have been discussing because the devil in the actual subject details of the legislation is very complicated and there are big differences,” Scott told reporters in the June discussion.

Efforts to pass major police reforms are Large numbers of anti-racism demonstrators It will be on the streets of all over the country in May and June 2020.After the video of Freud’s murder, activists demand an end to systemic racism in the police and justice system Go viral on the Internet.

That video shows the police in Minneapolis at the time Derek Chauvin Kneeling on Freud’s neck for nearly nine minutes, although he warned that he could not breathe, bystanders urged him to stop.Shavin was later fired and convicted of murder and Sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Although the negotiations have dragged on for several months, the Democrats and Republicans have repeatedly expressed optimism about the compromise between the two parties. National Broadcasting Corporation news Reported last week The influential National Association of Sheriffs may block negotiations and reject the most recent compromise.

Weekly newspaper Contacted Scott’s press representative to comment on Cliburn’s remarks and negotiations, but received no immediate response.

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