Republican Senator Tim Scott has accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of playing politics on his attempt to pass police reform.
While the two lawmakers are in different legislative chambers, Pelosi discouraged members of her party from supporting the bill and accused Republicans of “trying to get away with murder.”
The Independent Journal Review reports she described the bill as “unsalvageable,” saying “it doesn’t take action” and “doesn’t make any difference.”
Scott, supporting his own efforts, said Congress as a whole “missed a golden opportunity.”
“My suspicion is that the presidential politics and choosing a vice president was a part of that conversation,” Scott said.
“We missed a golden opportunity, not because the bills weren’t similar enough, but because what the House wanted was not what the Senate Democrats wanted to have a conversation about,” he continued.
Watch his comments below:
Why did Scott's GOP policing bill break down in the Senate? @SenatorTimScott suggests "The presidential politics and choosing a vice president was a part of that conversation."
Adds, "What the House wanted was not what the senate Democrats wanted to have a conversation about." pic.twitter.com/0QwRTyihHe
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According to the report, the two bills had enough similarities to at least warrant discussion and debate.
“Both make lynching a federal hate crime, promote the use of body cameras, and suggest better training for police officers,” the Independent Journal Review reports.
Scott similarly expressed his disapproval for Pelosi’s refusal to work in a bipartisan manner during an interview on Fox News last week.
“Unfortunately, the Democrats really want to hold on this issue. They believe they’re going to win in November, so they’d rather write their own reform bill without any input from the Republican Party,” Scott said on Thursday.
He added: “They have no desire to actually solve this issue before the election.”