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Biden campaign vetting Congressional Black Caucus chair Karen Bass as potential running mate

Biden campaign vetting Congressional Black Caucus chair Karen Bass as potential running mate
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Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassBlack Republican advocates his case for CBC membership Tim Scott: Could be 'very hard' to reach police reform deal by June deadline Police reform negotiations enter crucial stretch MORE (D-Calif.) is being vetted by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE’s campaign to potentially serve as his running mate, according to CBS News.

The outlet, which cited unnamed sources, reported that it is not clear where the five-term lawmaker stands in the vetting process.

Bass is sponsoring historic legislation in the House to reform police practices. Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee last week advanced the legislation that would ban police chokeholds, mandate body cameras, make lynching a federal crime, prohibit no-knock warrants in drug cases, and establish a federal registry of officers accused of misconduct. 

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The legislation comes amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died last month after a former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest.

Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has vowed to choose a woman to be his vice presidential pick. Other potential women candidates believed to be in the running include Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe U.S. and Mexico must revamp institutions supporting their joint efforts Harris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation Watch live: Harris delivers remarks on vaccination efforts MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 MORE (D-Mass.), as well as former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsIt's past time we elect a Black woman governor Demings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden mission abroad: reward friends, constrain adversaries MORE (D-Fla.) has also said that she is on the “short list” of candidates Biden is considering.

Bass said in an interview with CBS News's Major Garrett earlier this month that she "would certainly like to see" a woman of color chosen as Biden’s running mate, but she said it was not “imperative” for the potential Democratic ticket.  

In an interview with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell earlier this month, Biden said that weeks of protests amid Floyd’s death had not affected his selection process for his running mate, saying that “it’s put a greater focus and urgency on the need to get someone who is totally simpatico with where I am.”

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats scramble to unify before election bill brawl Hillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC MORE (D-Minn.) announced last week that she was removing herself from contention to be chosen as Biden’s vice presidential pick, calling for the position to go to a woman of color.

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“I’ve never commented on this process at all but after what I’ve seen in my state, what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment, and America must seize on this moment, and I truly believe ... I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket,” Klobuchar told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.

“And there are so many incredibly qualified women, but if you want to heal this nation … this is sure a hell of a way to do it,” she added.

Bass's office declined to comment to The Hill. Biden's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Updated: 9:34 p.m.