During his eye-catching speech at the joint session last month, President Joe Biden set up an ambitious scoreboard. He wanted a major police reform on his desk by May 25, the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.
However, after paying attention to Congress, the White House took an obedient approach to the negotiations. Senior staff frequently keep in touch with Hill’s negotiators and legislators working on an important legal compromise named after the black Floyd who was killed by police officers. Last year’s Minneapolis Police Station.
The main red line has not been established. Nor does it stand out to follow the schedule promoted by the president himself. Biden will not sign Floyd’s bill on May 25, but the president said he would celebrate the day by welcoming members of Floyd’s family to the White House on Tuesday.
Virtually all parties agree that the deadline will not be met. Lawmakers working on the bill say they are making progress and are regularly involved with each other. And in a conversation with the White House, activists and legislators emphasized that they wanted a fair amount of bills rather than swift.
“My concern was that I had submitted an ineffective bill to meet the tight deadlines, and I told the White House,” said Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network. “I want a tooth bill that is slower on time than a toothless bill.”
Biden’s postponement approach to Congress on police reform contrasts with the very active role he and the administration play in negotiating other legislative priorities. Stakeholders say it reflects a broader sense that negotiations with police on racial justice can be very sensitive. If you push too hard, the Republicans may withdraw. If you sit too long, your progress can be confusing.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki said this week that Biden announced a deadline for May 25 because he felt “it’s important to be bold and ambitious.” However, the White House admitted over the weekend that negotiations were not over yet.
“I’m not going to delay efforts to achieve this, but I can be transparent about the fact that it will take a little longer,” Pusaki said Friday. “The president wants to legislate it as soon as possible.”
Civil rights groups primarily support the administration’s approach, but plan to maintain pressure on parliament. The White House does not say whether he will set a different deadline. But for Sharpton, last month’s rebellion against the president “sent a signal that he was taking reform seriously.” He wants Biden to push the case more publicly, but Sharpton also doesn’t want Biden to play Republican games. “I don’t want this to be a Joe Biden-Mitch McConnell show,” he said.
Most supporters of social justice give the Biden administration and the Democratic Party room to fulfill their campaign promise to pass legislation that could significantly reform national police. As more and more videos showing blacks killed by police are released, they want action, but they don’t want immediate results. As negotiations continued between a small group of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, civil rights organizers revealed that a watered-down bill was not an option.
Maurice Mitchell, National Director of the Progressive Working Family Party and Leader of the Black Lives Matter Movement, said:
When Biden took office, there were “many fanfares” about the black women who are the backbone of the Democratic Party and “the fact that the agenda of the black community is not ignored,” but “seriously,” Mitchell said. .. “Well, they have to prove it.”
Current consultations between parliamentary negotiators have been postponed on key provisions, including those that terminate the rating of bills passed by the House of Representatives.