House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to reporters on June 4, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
(CNSNews.com) – Senate Republicans will get no apology from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who accused them of “trying to get away with murder, actually, the murder of George Floyd.”
Pelosi made the comment in connection with Sen. Tim Scott’s police reform bill, which she called “unsalvageable,” and which Senate Democrats refused to even bring up for debate, despite the Republicans’ offer of amendments and debate to address their concerns.
Asked on Wednesday if she would apologize, Pelosi said, “Absolutely, positively not.”
“The fact is, when people say — I think you, frankly, in the press have given them far too much credit for a bill that does nothing. They’re saying, well, you have their bill, they have theirs.
“Yes, our bill does something. Theirs does nothing. With all due respect–“
MSNBC’s Peter Alexander interrupted Pelosi, asking, “Is Tim Scott working in good faith, I guess?”
“I’m sorry?” Pelosi said, apparently not hearing the question, which Alexander repeated:
“Is Tim Scott working in good faith? Is this a good starting point?”
“I’m talking about Mitch McConnell. I’m talking about Mitch McConnell,” Pelosi siad.
Mitch McConnell could — could open this up again and have an open Judiciary Committee consideration of a bill, where they could come together and get something done.
The reason we have overwhelming support across the country, young people, sports figures, big-time names in the people of color communities and the rest, is, that bill gets something done.
So, when you all in the press say, well, can’t you compromise, no, we can’t compromise if you say no choke holds, and they say some choke holds. What’s the compromise? Fewer choke holds? No. No choke holds.
But that — we have to have some fundamental stipulation of fact that certain things are wrong. Their bill is a nonstarter. I had hoped and kept the door open to the thought that maybe they will come up with something that could be mateable or reconcilable.
But they haven’t. And it’s most unfortunate to see that the United States Senate, Republicans, can ignore hundreds of thousands of people in the streets of America across the country day in, week in, now month, for a long period of time, speaking out for justice in policing, respecting those who do their jobs correctly, but also recognizing there are those who do not.
And so the legislation that we have put forth is one piece. There’s more that we should all be doing. But this is one piece that we thought would have consensus.
But what the president put forth and what the Republicans are putting forth is to hijack words, but take no action, so make no difference.
But it’s not too late. Mitch McConnell can take the good faith of Tim Scott or other members who may want to cooperate and write a bill in a bipartisan way in their Judiciary Committee, and see where they come out.
Sen. Tim Scott, sponsor of the “Justice Act,” said it’s not the bill Democrats object to — it’s the Republicans who are trying to get it passed.
Democrats, Scott said on Wednesday, cannot allow Republicans “to be seen as a party that reaches out to all communities in this nation.”
He said the “stereotyping of Republicans is “toxic and poison(ous) to the outcomes of the most vulnerable communities in this nation. That’s the issue.”
Pelosi: Republicans ‘Were Trying to Get Away With Murder, Actually, the Murder of George Floyd’