McCarthy calls for police reform conference ahead of vote

McCarthy calls for police reform conference ahead of vote
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? McCarthy to offer bill withholding funds from states that don't protect statues McCarthy calls on Pelosi to condemn 'mob violence' after toppling of St. Junipero Serra statue MORE (R-Calif.) on Thursday called for Democrats in the Senate to allow a GOP bill to move to a conference with the House as lawmakers prepared to vote on the issue later in the day.

The House police reform bill written by Democrats is not expected to garner much GOP support, and it's unclear how the measure will move forward given the impasse in the Senate.

“Well first thing is we should go to conference. [Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer (D-N.Y.) should allow the Senate bill to be debated and go to conference just like anything else with any other issue,” McCarthy told reporters during a press briefing at the Capitol on Thursday. “If they do not, it simply shows that they're playing politics.”

Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked police reform legislation led by Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTim Scott says he's talking with House Democrats about reviving police reform bill Public unites, Congress gridlocks — there's a better way Trump sealed his own fate MORE (R-S.C.), the only Black Republican senator. Democrats have repeatedly criticized the bill as inadequate, and Republicans had refused to negotiate over the measure before the procedural vote.

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In the House, Democrats have moved forward with their bill while rejecting proposed changes from Republicans.

McCarthy separately criticized Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinHillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Overnight Defense: Democrats blast Trump handling of Russian bounty intel | Pentagon leaders set for House hearing July 9 | Trump moves forward with plan for Germany drawdown Democrats, voting rights groups pressure Senate to approve mail-in voting resources MORE’s (D-Ill.) remarks that Scott’s police reform bill was a “token, half-hearted approach.”

Republicans have seized on those remarks, for which Durbin later apologized. 

McCarthy said it was Democrats that were politicizing what could be a bipartisan effort, condemning their decision not to allow for amendments to the House bill.