Tim Scott to introduce GOP police reform bill next week

Tim Scott to introduce GOP police reform bill next week
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Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTim Scott takes in .3 million in third quarter Nikki Haley gets lifetime post on Clemson Board of Trustees First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid MORE (S.C.) said on Thursday that he will introduce Republicans’ police reform bill by the middle of next week.

Scott was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFixing Congress requires fixing how it legislates McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not 'rehash' 2020 Hoyer: Democrats 'committed' to Oct. 31 timeline for Biden's agenda MORE (R-Ky.) to lead a working group of GOP senators tasked with proposing reform legislation after George Floyd’s death in the custody of Minneapolis police.

Scott said that he expects to get finalized text of the legislation Thursday night or Friday. 

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“We’ve had a couple of additions to some of the things that we’re going to add to the bill, so we’ll have a text back on the current draft tonight, latest tomorrow, with all the corrections in it," he said.

"After meeting with members of Congress and more senators, I think we’ll probably add two to three more items to the list and then hopefully by Monday, I can get all that drafted up and in the package, which gives me a chance by Tuesday to drop it or by Wednesday at the latest," he added.

According to a draft circulated earlier this week, Scott’s bill would, among other provisions, increase funding for police body cameras and penalize not wearing them by reducing grants. It would also tie grant eligibility to reporting uses of force that cause death or serious injury to the FBI and to states maintaining a system that shares police records. 

Democrats have appeared skeptical that Scott's forthcoming proposal would go far enough for them to support it. House and Senate Democrats unveiled a sweeping bill earlier this week that banned chokeholds and overhauled "qualified immunity," which shields police offers from lawsuits, an idea dismissed by Republicans as a non-starter.

"Tim Scott is a good person, and I’ve worked with him, talked to him and respect him. I hope that he’ll step up. He can make a significant and historic contribution if he can bring the Republicans to a point where they are truly supportive of meaningful reform," said Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Manchin, Tester voice opposition to carbon tax Democrats feel high anxiety in Biden spending conflict MORE (D-Ill.). 

Scott has been leading a working group that also includes Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case A pandemic of hyper-hypocrisy is infecting American politics Republicans' mantra should have been 'Stop the Spread' MORE (R-S.C.) and GOP Sens. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoBiden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit Here are the 11 GOP senators who helped advance the debt extension MORE (W.Va.), John CornynJohn CornynCornyn raises more than M for Senate GOP Is the Biden administration afraid of trade? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit MORE (Texas), Ben SasseBen SasseTrump goes after Cassidy after senator says he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Invoking 'Big Tech' as an accusation can endanger American security Biden slips further back to failed China policies MORE (Neb.) and James LankfordJames Paul LankfordBill requiring companies report cyber incidents moves forward in the Senate Manchin's 'red line' on abortion splits Democrats Lankford draws second GOP primary challenger in Oklahoma MORE (Okla.).

He also met with White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsJan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt Press: Steve Bannon behind bars in Capitol basement? Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon MORE and Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money Kushner associate pardoned by Trump in plea discussions over cyberstalking charges Biden has an opportunity to put his own stamp on Arab-Israeli relations MORE earlier this week, as well as Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanGOP's embrace of Trump's false claims creates new perils Jan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers House Republican calls on Biden to have plan to counter drug trade in Afghanistan MORE (R-Ohio) on Thursday. 

“We agree on a lot of things ... moving in the right direction," Scott said after his meeting with Jordan.