WASHINGTON DC – House Democrats vote unanimously against resolution that condemns violence and rioting. You read that right.
House Democrats on Thursday swiftly defeated a Republican resolution opposing so-called autonomous zones and the push to “defund the police,” among many other things.
The resolution was introduced by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla. It called for justice for George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis police custody last has caused nationwide protests; condemned violence, rioting and looting; and called for Congress to “unequivocally oppose autonomous zones and efforts to defund the police.”
The resolution can best be described as an attempt to declare that you can support the police, while at the same time saying that the killing of George Floyd was tragic and unjustified.
The measure went on to condemn officers who abuse their position of authority, a seemingly non-controversial idea.
Where this legislation might have lost Democratic support is where it stated the importance of law enforcement in America’s communities, while noting that the job of law enforcement officials is “inherently dangerous” and that officers “put their lives on the line each day.”
Rep. Jim Jordan R-Ohio, spoke on the House floor Thursday, saying this:
“What happened in Minneapolis we all know was a tragedy. Never should have happened. Wrong as wrong could be and his family deserves justice.
“There is a big difference between peaceful protest and rioting. There is a big difference between peaceful protests and violence.
“There is a big difference between peaceful protest and attacking police officers. And there is certainly a big difference between peaceful protest and forming CHAZ or CHOP or any type of autonomous zone.”
“If we allow this defund the police concept to happen, to take root and to actually take place it will not only be tough for police officers but the communities they serve, what will happen there? It’s frightening.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office said Thursday that “not a single Democrat voted in favor of this resolution.” His office called their refusal “downright shameful.”
This vote, which failed with 231 votes against and 176 votes in favor, comes days after Senate Democrats voted against debate on a police reform bill introduced by Sen. Scott R-South Carolina.
This move cause Senate Republicans some frustration, accusing Democrats of playing politics and showing a “my way or the highway” type of attitude.
Senator John Cornyn of Texas said that Democratic opposition to debating a police reform bill is “completely insane” and said he is not interested in negotiating with “hostage takers.”
“It’s completely insane,” Cornyn told reporters moments after Senate Democrats said they would block the bill on a procedural vote Wednesday unless Republicans reached an agreement with them to allow votes on amendments to change the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scolded Democrats for their move, saying he didn’t understand the “bizarre new ultimatum” from Democrats. McConnel. noted that Democrats have opportunities to block the bill on the back from passing if they didn’t like the amendment process.
“The Democratic leader is saying he will not let the Senate take up the issue of police reform at all unless I pre-negotiate with him in private and rewrite our starting point until he is satisfied,” McConnell went on to say.
“When our nation needs bipartisan solutions, they’re staging partisan theater. This is political nonsense elevated to an art form,” McConnell said.
“The next time another appalling incident makes our nation sick to its stomachs in anger yet again, Senate Democrats can explain to the nation why they made sure the Senate did nothing.”
This all comes as House Democrats passed a sweeping reform bill on Thursday that is all but likely to face resistance in the GOP-controlled Senate, where Republicans have called eliminating qualified immunity a “non-starter.”
Pelosi on ‘police reform’ package: Republicans ‘trying to get away with murder…of George Floyd’
WASHINGTON, DC – House Republicans have been putting together a police reform package that’s scheduled for a procedural vote in the coming days.
The Republicans have reportedly not done away with the controversial “chokeholds” or “no-knock” search warrants. These two issues seem to be major sticking point for Democrats.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has made it noticeably clear what she thinks of the republican legislation.
During a conversation with CBS News Radio, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the GOP of trying to “get away with murder.” On Tuesday, Pelosi made the inflammatory statement when she was asked about the policing reform bill currently being proposed by House Republicans.
.@BillOReilly has massive change of heart about @NancyPelosi after she accused Republicans of "trying to get away with the murder of George Floyd."
"I used to think she was misguided… Now I think she's evil." pic.twitter.com/2XQhKTE3cd
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) June 26, 2020
Pelosi was also asked if there was any hope of Democrats and Republicans coming together on legislation responding to police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s Death in Minneapolis.
“Well, you be the judge. We’re saying, ‘No chokeholds.’ They’re saying, you know -they’re not saying, ‘No Chokeholds.’ I mean, there’s a big difference. What’s the compromise? ‘Some chokeholds?’”
The last couple days have been pretty shocking. Nancy Pelosi would rather call Republicans murderers than work with us to improve policing.
Every attempt to work on common sense, bipartisan reforms was blocked.
Why? Because it isn’t about police reform, it’s about November. https://t.co/TlZAUYK2aX
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 25, 2020
Pelosi went on to say:
“[Republicans] understand that there’s a need to get something done…They admit that and have some suggestions that are worthy of consideration – but so far, they were trying to get away with murder, actually – the murder of George Floyd.”
The Senate Republicans have demanded an apology for the comments, tweeting:
“Speaker Pelosi owes Senator Scott an apology for these disgusting comments.”
SENATOR SCOTT: ‘I Offered Democrats the Chance to Offer 20 Amendments… They Walked Out’ https://t.co/twY6TmilT0
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 26, 2020
In an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday, Pelosi was asked if she would apologize. She said:
“Absolutely, positively not.”
Color us shocked.
Breitbart News reported that during a press conference Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) responded to a question on Pelosi’s remarks.
Speaker Pelosi owes Senator Scott an apology for these disgusting comments: https://t.co/ka3q5AtQp8
— Senate Republican Communications Center (@SRCC) June 23, 2020
“Pelosi’s answered that question herself and whatever — what she said was fine with me.”
Democrats are seemingly fine with such harsh and divisive language when referring to Republicans and, one could easily imply, law enforcement as well.
Here’s more on Pelosi from Law Enforcement Today.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.- You’ve got to hand it to Democrats. They are not afraid to admit that they like to use a crisis such as COVID-19 to advance their agenda. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said as much during a press conference on Wednesday, according to Breitbart News.
“We have to open the economy, we have to do so in a way that gives more opportunity for access to care, to credit, to opportunity,” she said while touting her phase four coronavirus bill, the HEROES Act.
“Just as Mr. Clyburn said, this is an opportunity, every crisis is,” Pelosi added.
That comment was referring to U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), who quite proudly and loudly claimed that message prior to passage of the last $2 trillion “relief” bill in March, saying at the time that the bill was a “tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”
Pelosi of course downplayed reports that claimed the HEROES Act was in any way partisan.
“Nobody said that when Mitch McConnell put forth his bill, CARES one,” Pelosi said.
Earlier this month, House Democrats, without any committee hearings or input from Republicans passed the $3 trillion, 1816-page HEROES Act, which we can venture most of them probably didn’t read, or if they did, likely only a small portion.
In fact, many Democrats in the House have admitted that the bill serves as something of a “policy wish list” rather than a bill to actually alleviate the impact of the coronavirus and help the American people and businesses.
As reported in Politico, privately, several House Democrats concede that their latest bill feels like little more than an effort to appease the most liberal members of the caucus, many of whom were chafed that their most important priorities were minimized or ignored entirely in previous coronavirus negotiations.
Here is a list of some of the liberal wish list items contained in the HEROES Act:
-Eliminates limitations on the federal deduction for the state and local taxes (SALT). Republicans limited this deduction through the Trump Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The SALT deduction is said to benefit primarily those who live in wealthy, largely Democrat states such as New York and California.
-Bails out states and local governments, many of whom were dealing with tremendous tax deficits and huge pension liabilities even before the pandemic struck, such as New York, Illinois and New Jersey. The bill contains half a trillion dollars in funding for state government relief, and $375 billion in aid to local governments. Senate Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rick Scott (R-FL) have said that such a bail out would benefit fiscally irresponsible states such as those mentioned above, while being detrimental to states such as Texas and Florida.
-Would provide $1.7 billion for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions, $20 million for Howard University ($692 million endowment), $11 million for Gallaudet University ($183 million endowment), $11 million for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, part of Rochester Institute of Technology ($938.2 million endowment)
-Up-front debt relief of $10,000 for all Department of Education loan borrowers
-Mandatory early voting for every state and mandatory mail-in ballots for every state. Nate Madden, who is the press secretary for the House Oversight Committee Republicans called this provision a “nightmare scenario for voter fraud.”
-Allows wealthy people who make money from dividends and royalties to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is typically designed for lower-income Americans.
-Extends assistance designed for nonprofits to political action groups and chamber of commerce-style associations. According to Open Markets Institute fellow Matt Stoller, this provision is a “corporate lobbyist bailout.”
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) May 12, 2020
Meanwhile, Republicans railed against the proposal. When the bill was introduced, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) called the bill “politically motivated garbage” that “doesn’t pass the laugh test.”
In an appearance on “America’s Newsroom” on Fox, Cassidy told host Ed Henry that Pelosi had hidden “liberal additions” to the bill in the fine print.
“Clearly she went to her committee chairs and she said give me that which you think maybe we can get in here—a starting point for negotiations, so we’ll look reasonable when we retreat from it,” he said.
“On the other hand, it is socking it to the American people, cynically saying we’re here to help you but rather instead trying to fulfill a left wing agenda.”
Some of the criticisms of the bill are the fact that it mentions cannabis 68 times, while mentioning business far less. It would also give a bailout to the United States Postal Service of (USPS) $25 billion.
The postal service has said that without the additional funds, they won’t make it past September.
“Yeah, that’s all about an unfunded accrued liability in their pension fund [and] other things,” said Cassidy.
“There needs to be structural reform to the postal service. My fear is that if you just give them $25 billion without pushing for the reform, you know five years from now we’re going to have a similar problem,” Cassidy told Henry.
Cassidy did agree that the longer the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, the more likely government aid will be needed, however he said the end doesn’t justify the means.
“Now clearly some aid is going to be needing [to go] further. The longer the crisis lasts, the more likely aid is going to be needed,” he noted.
“That said, we shouldn’t kind of mash it together again with the wish list. That discredits the true need as people are attempting to sneak in an agenda cynically saying this is about me but really it’s about an agenda.”
“We need to stick with the need,” Cassidy finished.
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