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GOP Members Say Pelosi Cut Republicans Out Of Policing Bill, Preventing Bipartisan Reform
The Federalist ^ | June 10, 2020 | Jonah Gottschalk

Posted on 06/10/2020 9:45:08 AM PDT by Kaslin

After kneeling for close to nine minutes before the cameras Monday morning, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the Justice in Policing Bill of 2020. Following bipartisan support for reforms, some including Black Caucus Chair Rep. Bass (D-Calif.), hoped for a cooperative tackling of the issue. First steps by Pelosi, however, suggest that this attempt is falling into the same partisan trap previous attempts at reform have.

Rumors began swirling the morning of Pelosi’s announcement that Republicans had been blocked from contributing to the immense bill. Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) confirmed that was the case.

“As a Member of the Judiciary Committee, a lawyer, and former JAG Officer, I was not included in the drafting of this bill and neither were any of my Republican colleagues,” Steube said in a statement to The Federalist. “This was a partisan attempt by House Democrats to message to their progressive base and not come up with bipartisan solutions that would actually help unify the country.”

Representative Armstrong (R-N.D.), also a member of the Judiciary Committee charged with handling law enforcement matters, confirmed the leadership’s stonewalling. For Armstrong, the partisanship came as no surprise.

“From serving on the Judiciary Committee for 15 months, I would be surprised if it went any other way at this point. And I have to be clear that this isn’t all Democrats, not even all Democrats on the Committee, but it is the leadership,” Armstrong told The Federalist.

While there is broad consensus that action should be taken after the death of George Floyd, disagreement remains on methods, but that’s a natural part of the process.

Consider the 2018 criminal justice reform bill. With the support of President Donald Trump, Congressional Republicans, and Democrats, the First Step Act removed thousands of years of unnecessary sentencing. At every level, there was GOP and presidential involvement. Yet these lessons have seemingly been forgotten by the current leadership. It’s a mistake that may well sink the chance for immediate reform; even if the bill passes the Democrat-controlled House, it will still need Republican approval. Good-faith debate on methods will be a necessary step for change.

Despite Pelosi’s actions, there is still hope for reform. There are many ideas to make policing more effective without punishing good cops, or hamstringing law enforcement through “defunding.” Reforming qualified immunity, keeping track of bad officers, and devoting greater resources for safety and bystander training are just a few of these ideas.

“I don’t know a single person who thinks that cop should’ve had a job when it happened,” Armstrong said, adding that if the leadership allowed Republican input, they would be able “to move things forward.” But such openness would be a surprise, he said, and “that’s unfortunate all the time, but that’s really unfortunate in this instance.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: congress; firststepact; gfloydprotests; houseofreps; interview; lawenforcement; nancypelousi; policereform; politics
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1 posted on 06/10/2020 9:45:09 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

OH MY GOD. Can the GOP be more stupid? THE DEMS DO IT EVERY SINGLE TIME, SUCCESSFULLY too I may add.


2 posted on 06/10/2020 9:46:25 AM PDT by Hildy (Don't get bitter, get better.)
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To: Kaslin

That’s odd since all od tge problems are in democrat run cities.


3 posted on 06/10/2020 9:47:37 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Kaslin

Personally I’m glad Pelosi did.

Republicans should never go along with Democrats but treat them as the enemies they are.


4 posted on 06/10/2020 9:48:38 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: Kaslin

Awwww

Pobrecitos!

Got stomped again, huh dishrags?

Sniffle and complain while BadBabe Nanzi crushes you with her stilettos

Only one man left in the Republican party


5 posted on 06/10/2020 9:48:39 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: Kaslin

WTF how about we shut this crap down?

Is ANYBODY in charge of anything?


6 posted on 06/10/2020 9:49:17 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: jersey117

Doubling down on stupid is how the Left rolls. It was Karl Marx’s greatest gift to them.


7 posted on 06/10/2020 9:50:02 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: Kaslin

DOA in the Senate!


8 posted on 06/10/2020 9:50:15 AM PDT by DarthVader (Not by speeches & majority decisions will the great issues of the day be decided but by Blood & Iron)
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To: Kaslin

Stop whining. McConnell hasn’t included Democrats in any of the Senate bills. Bipartisanship is a thing of the past and has been for years.


9 posted on 06/10/2020 9:51:42 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: DarthVader

“DOA in the Senate!”

by design so the Senate can be labeled blah blah blah..


10 posted on 06/10/2020 9:52:31 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: Kaslin

That’s because the Democrats don’t really care about this issue. The goal is to craft a bill that no Republican will support so the Democrats can manufacturer talking points for political gain.


11 posted on 06/10/2020 9:52:57 AM PDT by The Unknown Republican
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To: Kaslin

Another one of Nancy’s “Fill In The Blanks” Bills that has nothing to do with the Police


12 posted on 06/10/2020 9:53:11 AM PDT by butlerweave
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To: Hildy
PALOUSYTrump
13 posted on 06/10/2020 9:53:33 AM PDT by timestax
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To: moehoward

Who really cares!


14 posted on 06/10/2020 9:54:07 AM PDT by DarthVader (Not by speeches & majority decisions will the great issues of the day be decided but by Blood & Iron)
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To: Rurudyne

You are 100percent correct.


15 posted on 06/10/2020 9:56:32 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

With Slutty Nazi Pelozzi, all roads lead to Satan.

Cruella DeVille in drag.


16 posted on 06/10/2020 9:56:49 AM PDT by Quentin Quarantino
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To: Rurudyne

That stupid $600 thing to stay home...was

A DEMOCRAT PUSH.

The one thing that they sponsored and it was a DISASTER.

Repubs...stay away from the bill...let them make it their own.


17 posted on 06/10/2020 9:56:58 AM PDT by Maris Crane
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To: Kaslin

The Dems do this every single time and they get away with it because 99.9 percent of the commie media voted for them..the GOP are such p*ssies, they had both houses for 2 years they could have done whatever they wanted to do, instead they bent over to the Dems because they are cowards..come on GOP grow a spine, we are close to becoming full commie is that what you want??


18 posted on 06/10/2020 9:57:29 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: DarthVader

after the lock down and the destruction from ‘mostly peaceful’ lunatics I’m guessing normal people are completely tuning it all out.


19 posted on 06/10/2020 9:57:32 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: Kaslin
And after the Rat kneeling stunt with kente cloth, cultural appropriation no longer matters, even though that used to be another cause of Leftist outrage.
20 posted on 06/10/2020 9:57:55 AM PDT by Truth29
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