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U.S. Senate heads for a showdown over Republican police reform bill

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The U.S. Senate headed for a showdown on Wednesday over a Republican police reform bill that Democrats have rejected as too limited to rein in police misconduct, as public protests continue over George Floyd’s death.

The bill, crafted by the Senate’s only Black Republican, Senator Tim Scott, must garner 60 votes to move forward in the 100-seat chamber. But Republicans control only 53 votes. Democrats have vowed to oppose the measure, while urging Republicans to start over with bipartisan talks on a new bill.

The Congressional Black Caucus, which represents more than 50 African-American lawmakers, said senators should oppose the Republican measure, calling it “a completely watered-down fake reform bill.”

24 June 2020

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