House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that Democrats are aiming to bring their policing reform package to the House floor for a vote during the week of June 22.
The target date is a week sooner than the US House of Representatives had previously planned to return.
Hoyer also said during his press briefing that Republicans will have “full opportunity to engage” with crafting the legislation in an upcoming markup hearing. Congressional Democrats introduced the measure Monday with no GOP cosponsors.
Hoyer argued Democrats aren’t “rushing this to the floor” and suggested amendments and bipartisan agreements could be added to the legislation in the coming days. It’s “premature” to say the package won’t be bipartisan, he said.
Republicans are planning to introduce their own policing plan, led by Rep. Jim Jordan, a source familiar tells CNN. Jordan, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, is working with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office, GOP Whip Steve Scalise, and other members in the conference to write the legislation. The source said the bill is “in the very early stages” and members are “considering all options.”
Asked if Democrats could attempt to pass a combination of their policing legislation and their $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, Hoyer said he supposes it’s “possible,” but he would prefer to keep them separate.