The Senate and House of Representatives have developed two competing initiatives, neither of which has sufficient support for ratification.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress cannot reach a consensus on police reform, the need for which was highlighted by mass protests that swept the country after the death of African-American George Floyd in Minnesota.
Democrats are calling on the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, not to hold a procedural vote scheduled for Wednesday on a bill prepared by Republicans, which critics say is not large enough.
Democrats are proposing, instead, to consider the bill they plan to present in the House of Representatives on Thursday, insisting that the Republican initiative will still not get enough support.
“The Republican bill is intended to solve the problem only in words and does not contain any significant changes that could save lives,” said Senator Kamala Harris. She participated in the preparation of the democratic initiative.
However, McConnell warns that if the Democrats refuse to discuss the Republican initiative, there will be a stalemate.
“Tomorrow, we will find out whether our fellow Democrats share our aspirations or whether they prefer to avoid solving the problem and leave the country to its fate,” McConnell said before the speech by Harris and other Democrats.
Last week, President Donald Trump signed an Executive order aimed at encouraging changes in police work. The legislative initiative is necessary for more comprehensive reform.
However, the Senate and House of representatives have developed two competing bills, neither of which has enough support to be passed in both chambers.
Democrats are unhappy that the Republican proposal focuses on encouraging reform, and Republicans believe that the changes proposed by the Democrats will negatively affect the work of law enforcement agencies.