SC Sen. Tim Scott disappointed Democrats blocked his GOP police reform proposal

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WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Republican South Carolina Senator Tim Scott said he was disappointed Democrats blocked his police reform proposal from a vote in the Senate Wednesday.

“The fact that we are unwilling – not unable, that’s a different story – but unwilling to take on this really important issue together is a sad day,โ€ Scott said.

The Senate’s lone Black Republican has led the GOP response to nationwide calls for police reform with a bill calling for body cameras and a use of force database.

Democrats said Scottโ€™s bill doesn’t do enough. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said senators should keep negotiating.

“Why don’t we put a good bill on the floor that can pass?โ€ Schumer said.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) said Schumer is playing politics.

“To me, this is one of the most disgusting acts that I’ve seen since I’ve (been in) the U.S. Senate,โ€ Tillis said Wednesday.

Three Democrats voted to bring Scott’s bill to the floor for debate, including Alabama Senator Doug Jones (D-AL).

“Well, I just think the America people want us to do something and the only way to do something as I see it right now is to debate the bill,โ€ Jones said.

Jones said he didn’t fully support the GOP bill but was willing to work to make changes. He supports the Democratic proposal that bans no-knock warrants and chokeholds and is poised to pass the House Thursday.

Scott said that bill isn’t going anywhere when it gets to the Senate and he doesnโ€™t expect Republican leadership will return to the issue, โ€œanytime soon.โ€

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