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Toomey Statement on Senate Democrats Blocking Police Reforms

June 24, 2020
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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats voted to block debate on policing reform legislation:

"After weeks of telling anyone with a notebook or microphone that the Senate has an obligation to consider policing reforms, Senate Democrats today blocked the opportunity to even consider legislation on this issue.

"To be clear, this vote wasn't on final passage of Senator Tim Scott's JUSTICE Act. Rather, this was a vote to determine whether or not the Senate should even proceed to consideration of any policing reforms. This came after Senate Democrats received repeated assurances of a full debate, and opportunities to amend this bill as they saw fit.

"Again, a vote today would only have served to start the legislative process. And after all the amendment votes were cast, if Senate Democrats did not like the final product, they still could vote no and stop the legislation from moving forward. But instead, Senate Democrats chose obstruction and politics over actual debate and legislating."