House Democrats have reached an agreement on a package of public safety and police bills, lawmakers and aides told CNN, paving the way for a vote on Thursday.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer confirmed to reporters that a vote would be scheduled for Thursday, and Rep. Joyce Beatty, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said the move comes after a compromise was reached on language to guarantee police officer accountability and a more contentious one was rejected. the bill that came out of the debates.
The agreement comes after months of negotiations between centrists, progressives and the Congressional Black Caucus.
Beatty said House Democratic leaders were also involved in making sure this package reached its destination. The measures are a high priority for the party’s most vulnerable members, who are facing GOP attack ads on crime and policing.
Beatty told CNN, “I’m not saying we have a perfect bill. I’m not saying everybody likes it. And that’s what we came to the table with.”
He attributed the move that led to the deal to several factors.
“It has been months of leadership. The authors of the bill, the meetings, returning to their supporters, have been working with as many groups as possible for months. Working with all our members here. We have a big tent and that’s the good thing about being a Democrat,” he said.
Representative Steven Horsford, Democrat of Nevada, a sponsor of a bill included in the package, told CNN that the deal was possible because of “persistence and being at the table.”
Horsford’s bill would provide funds specifically for community violence interventions.
Congressional Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington state and Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who serves as the caucus chair, released a statement applauding the deal.
“After deliberate and meaningful negotiations, we are pleased to share that when the House of Representatives votes on the Investing in Protection Act, the bill will include several reforms to ensure that funds are used to support smaller police departments, de-escalation and other important training, and data collection and health In addition, the bill will be part of a package of other evidence-based, holistic legislation that addresses public safety and unites the Democratic Caucus.”
Moderate Democrat Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, who was instrumental in the negotiations, said in a statement: “The Investment Protection Act is a bipartisan investment in good police officers and protecting our families and our officers. It will ensure that local departments, communities in New Jersey and across our country have what they need. to invest in recruiting and retaining the best officers, providing training and providing mental health resources.”