House, Senate jockey for leverage in police reform debate

Lawmakers are jockeying for leverage on police reform legislation as they face intense pressure to act in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

Both House Democrats and Senate Republicans took steps forward on Wednesday with dueling measures that seek to respond to calls for changes to the country’s law enforcement system and an end to racial profiling and police brutality.

Underscoring the shift in the political conversation, lawmakers and aides say police reform is ripe for a deal in the wake of Floyd’s death after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, and there are areas of agreement among the two bills.