Fox News Reporter Explains Why Congress Unlikely To Pass Meaningful Police Reform Bills

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Thousands of people in major cities across the country are still marching in the streets to protest police brutality after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis.

Re-igniting these protests, Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police officers in Atlanta after he was found intoxicated in a Wendy’s drive-thru.

The country wants change, but Fox News reporter Chad Pergram said Congress is unlikely to act on the issue.

Comparing the issue to gun control or the repeal of Obamacare, Pergram argued Congress acts rarely and slowly on hot-topic issues.

“Members of Congress know the script all too well,” he wrote in a lengthy thread. “They see the public get exercised about a lightning rod issue – say repealing Obamacare or gun control – and, despite intense political energy, there is little legislative follow through on Capitol Hill.”

“There’s early concern police reform could suffer the same fate on Capitol Hill despite tremendous attention right now. Lawmakers know it’s easy to promise. But it is hard to run all of the parliamentary traps & make law,” Pergram continued.

The Fox News host argued politics will ultimately stand in the way of meaningful change as House Democrats and Senate Republicans are pitching different reforms.

“And so now, we are at a crossroads with police reform,” he tweeted. “House Democrats formally prep their police reform bill this week with a markup session. House Republicans are engineering a plan of their own. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is preparing a bill for Senate GOPers.”

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Another issue, Pergram argued was members having to decide what changes should be enacted on a national or state level.

Pergram added: “But does any bill have a chance at becoming law? President Trump opposes curbing immunity for police officers. So do many Republicans. Some GOPers are in favor of language to bar chokeholds. But many Republicans prefer to leave that decision to individual jurisdictions.”

Read the rest of the thread below: