Lawmakers to debate police reform bill


WASHINGTON (NBC News) – Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are trying to debate a police reform bill today, but Democrats are expected to block it because they say it is fundamentally flawed.

The bill – crafted by the Senate’s lone Back Republican Tim Scott – collects data and withholds federal funds from police that use chokeholds, but it does not ban them outright.

The police reform bill needs 60 votes today just to open up debate. That means 7 democrats have to cross over to allow it, but it’s not looking like that will happen.

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