House Passes Package of Policing Bills After Democrat Infighting

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The House of Representatives on Sept. 22 passed a Democrat-sponsored package of policing bills amid intraparty divisions on the issue due to some progressives’ objections.

The bills—which observers have pegged as a last-minute attempt by Democrats to beef up their public safety credentials amid GOP accusations of being “soft-on-crime”—faced drawn out negotiations between moderates and progressives.

Moderate Democrats hope that the package will help them fight off GOP criticism of violent crime rates rising across the United States. But some progressive Democrats have been hesitant to accept the package without stricter regulations on local police departments. Such regulations, in turn, ran the risk of souring GOP lawmakers on the proposals.

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