WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom to discuss how Democrats continue to block reasonable police reform. Whip Scalise highlighted how Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Representative Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) introduced commonsense legislation to reform policing, only for their bill to be filibustered by the same Senate Democrats who now claim the filibuster is a relic of the Jim Crow era. Whip Scalise, once again, called on President Biden and Congressional Democrats to put aside politics and work with Republicans to root out police corruption, protect American citizens, and support honest and decent law enforcement officers.
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On the need for bipartisan police reform:
“Senator Tim Scott put a lot of work into coming up with a bill that really focuses on the root of the problem. How do you go after the culture in some of these departments, like Minneapolis, where you’ve had these bad cops? Yesterday, a dirty cop was put in jail, and that’s the way justice is supposed to work. But my colleague in the House, Pete Stauber, was a good cop in Minnesota, and he worked with Tim Scott on that bill, and I would like to see President Biden fulfill his promise of unity by working with Republicans.
“You don’t approach an issue this sensitive like police reform in a hyper-partisan way where you’re just going after all cops. You know, using the folks that want to defund police to write that bill where they take away qualified immunity, which undermines the work of good cops. So, I would hope that President Biden would reach out to Senator Tim Scott and Pete Stauber, who was a good cop, and understands what you need to do.
“And I would use this example, too, by the way, Bill. Marc Morial was Mayor of New Orleans when we had real problems with the New Orleans Police Department. Marc’s the head of the National Urban League today. But he cleaned up a dirty system. There was a culture where there were a lot of dirty cops at that time, and he confronted it, and he fixed it, and he cleaned up the New Orleans Police Department. So you know, you’ve got to focus on going in and fixing the problems but don’t undermine the important work that good police officers do every day, putting their lives on the line to keep our communities safe.”
On Democrats’ efforts to defund the police:
“Well again, you look at what the Democrats have proposed and it’s things like taking away qualified immunity. That is defunding police in a different way. [When] you talk to good cops all across the country, they say if they’re exposed in that kind of way, they won’t stay in law enforcement. You won’t be able to recruit good police officers.
“So you know, for the left that just wants to defund the police, I don’t hear a lot of them saying that they don’t want police to protect them. And so I think we’ve got to be very careful that we don’t undermine what good police do every day in our communities to keep us safe when you are going forward with this.”
On the need to not undermine good policing:
“For [Rep. Val Demmings] to suggest that it’s politically convenient to support law enforcement, you know how difficult it is right now to support law enforcement against some on the radical left who want to defund police. They made it clear that’s part of their agenda, I think that’s a radical agenda, and so we’ve got to come together. There is a way to come together.
“Again, you can look at Senator Tim Scott’s bill with Pete Stauber, who’s a police officer in Minnesota, who knows the things that need to be done to help improve what is broken in law enforcement, and it’s not all of our cops across the country, they do great work.
“And so you don’t want to undermine good cops and their bill, the Democrat-only bill like getting rid of qualified immunity would actually undermine good policing. I hope they don’t go down that road; work with Republicans who know something about this too, and we could come together.
“President Biden needs to take leadership. He has to follow through on the promise that he’s yet to fulfill, to work and unify this country [and] work with everybody, Republicans and Democrats.”