Lawmakers punt deadline for policing talks

By | June 24, 2021

Lawmakers negotiating a deal on police reform have punted an end-of-June deadline and plan to keep talking over the Senate’s recess, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Previously, some lawmakers floated Thursday as the deadline for a compromise. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the lead Senate Republican negotiator, said recently that he wants “something that tells me I’m not wasting my time” by the end of the week.

But lawmakers have still struggled to close the gap on major issues like restrictions on the use of force. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) floated a proposal that would incur criminal penalties for the use of excessive force, but law enforcement groups and some Republicans favor an existing, looser standard.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the Republican negotiators, hinted at the shift in deadline.

“We’ll have something by the end of the day,” he said as he left a Judiciary Committee hearing, referring to an expected statement from the group about the timeline change.