Senator Tim Scott blames Democrats for cutting funding for law enforcement and the fallout from bipartisan negotiations about police reform on Capitol Hill. Biden claimed that Congress rejected modest reforms which the former president supported and blamed their failure to reach a deal earlier this week. “
We said this: “I don’t want to reduce funding for police forces after seeing major cities defund police.” He wanted me to accept a reduction or limitation in funding for the police under many provisions of this bill, the Republican from South Carolina stated Friday while speaking with Margaret Brennan, CBS News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent. The interview is also available on Sunday’s Face the Nation broadcast.
Scott was the leading Republican negotiator in this area and had worked on a deal for over a year with Representative Karen Bass and Senator Cory Booker. At least in the beginning, the protests against reform that followed the murder of George Floyd by an officer from Minneapolis fueled the push for reform. However, in the end the divisions between the parties were too great to overcome.
” We want the best to wear the badge and the most vulnerable protected,” Scott stated Friday. You should be prepared for an allergic reaction if you tie funding loss in this legislation. “
Brennan referred to the Democrats’ argument that there would be no net reduction in funds, as it would fund more for data collection and mental health, officer recruitment, and body cameras. CBS News has obtained a document that outlines the bill and Booker’s “minimum expectations” regarding the policing overhaul bill. CBS News obtained a document that outlined the legislation and Booker’s “minimum requirements” for the policing reform bill. It also included bans on chokeholds and no knock warrants. The bill would limit military equipment transfer to local police stations and improve federal oversight and data collection. It also listed several reforms that departments would need to implement “to continue being eligible for COPS or Byrne grants.” “
“Here’s what we know,” Scott said. Scott said that police have $1 billion worth of grant money. You start to say, “In order to get those dollars, A, B, and C” — and then you lose your eligibility for two main pots of money, the Byrne grants or the COP grants. When you inform local law enforcement agencies you’re ineligible, it’s effectively defunding police. There’s no way for them to twist that. “
“But this would codify the Trump executive orders,” Brennan said, referring to former President Trump’s June 2020 actions that imposed a variety of similar reforms on police departments across the country. Like the legislation proposal, Mr. Trump’s executive order also linked federal grant money with department adoption of reforms.
” The Trump executive order is one that I have actually agreed to, Scott said. Scott replied, “The cuts that result from noncompliance were not something I agreed to.” “
” All you need to do is read all the sections of the bill which actually decrease the funding. That’s what it’s possible,” Scott stated.
“This is a major point of disagreement between you two and the interpretation,” Brennan stated, in reference to Scott and Booker.
“Only, if you cannot read,” Scott stated.
“Is Senator Booker unable to read? Brennan asked.
” I’m just saying it is very simple if you look at the legislation,” Scott responded. Scott replied, “This isn’t something I made up. We can discuss our facts. In several areas, we can say that it decreases funding. “
Tune in Sunday to hear more about Scott’s interview. You can check your local listings to find airtimes.
Margaret Brennan is moderator of CBS News’ “Face The Nation” and CBS News’ senior foreign affairs correspondent based in Washington, D.C.