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tv   Senate Majority Leader Mc Connell Legislative Agenda News Conference  CSPAN  June 17, 2020 2:52am-3:11am EDT

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for considering police reform bill. from capitol hill, this is about 20 minutes. >> good afternoon everyone. let me lay out the schedule. as you know we will finish the great america outdoors bill tomorrow.
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then we will go to the traditional nomination followed by the next circuit court by the morning i'll announce forgo next to peasant will be taken one is we can go to the tim scott police bill or the and aa. the tim scott bill is close to being finished. i will let you know in the morning what we are going to have after we finish the 53rd circuit judge. >> i want to congratulate cory gardner, steve daines and the others who worked on the great american outdoors act. they will get a big victory the final vote will happen tomorrow on that. that something they have been working on for a long time. great credit to their effort to get across the finish line.
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also want to thank tim scott in the group he has been working with on police reforms. i think they have done a tremendous summer amount of good work we are making good progress on that. i hope we can get a big vote here. it is up to the leader would not get scheduled. i think the substance for that bill is something people have worked hard on, have had a lot of consultation on leaders in various communities, law enforcement african-american communities it puts together really good balance bill that should have bipartisan support and get enacted into law signed by the president. finally we continue to work on coronavirus relief i think as you all know hearings are going on literally every week or committees are looking at different aspects of that. i am hopeful some of those ideas will start to come together is what we need to do next based on what we are seeing out there, what the needs are trying to determine
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about the dollars we have already allocated how effective they have been and what things we need to be doing differently. got a piece of legislation i hope to be included in the next bill that went across state lines to help, nurses, doctors there are some states you are in their state for certain amount of time the tax you for that. we have a bill that would eliminate taxation for people who've been helping out in the coronavirus relief efforts by going into other states and providing frontline support particularly those in the medical field i hope we get that included in the next bill. >> tomorrow we will introduce the justice act is not just a law but make a difference. there are a number of things in a couple which one eliminates chokehold it brings in a duty to intervene when there is excessive force and
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it certainly provides more cameras for police officers. think that is done a lot to show americans what happens in certain instances that we would never want to happen again in america. it provides the resources to make sure good police officers can do more. it provides resources the bad police officers are taken off of the field, off of the force. resource or's pay-for-performance and we need that in terms of accountability, training, this is something that ought to be bipartisan and passed overwhelmingly. there are a couple things it does not include. it does not include the defunding of police. i know that as a cry of the liberal left. there are none of us supporting on our side of the aisle of the police also does not support putting the federal government in charge of all 18000 police forces and all 800,000 police officers in america. it is something time is now to get this done i look forward to supporting senator scott
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and the bill he introduces along with so many of us, tomorrow. >> i certainly anticipate supporting the bill that tim scott will introduce pretty think i will be an original cosponsor of that bill. i also think even a more speedy way to respond than the legislative process is the executive branch doing what they can, as soon as they can to make a difference. many of you know they need to give advice to departments ask for justice department needs to insist they be in there giving that device that is not the national government taking over police it's the justice department one department with the systemic problem and deciding they are going to help solve the problem. also, i was really glad this morning to see the president talk about policing efforts
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that deal with mental health and homelessness and addiction in our state we are one of the eight states for the last four years or so that have been treating a number of locations around the state, mental health like all other health, some of the big advocates for that have become our police departments hhs has statistics that indicate in states like missouri their excellence and mental health states that time sp in jail is 60% less than it would be otherwise, normally because people don't go to jail. normally when people are picked up they go somewhere more appropriate for the problem they are dealing with than jail or court. they go to the mental health counselor, they go somewhere where they get to stay and find out where the help they need can be achieved, the addiction issues saw for two or three years consistently heading in one
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direction have now, with loss of jobs in isolation been heading back up as are things that no one is better position than the administration to begin to advocate right away and i was glad to see the president do that today. >> i think we are all echoing kudos to senator tim scott today for his great work. so many of our colleagues in putting together what we believe will be a very strong police reform bill. a number of things really important within that bill is of course transparency. we need greater data sharing we need greater oversight within our police departments. and the information flowing up to the federal government, especially for sharing federal tax dollars with those local jurisdictions. we also need greater training. i'm glad to hear of the emphasis in the areas of training, making sure that our law enforcement officials what
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is appropriate what is not appropriate in certain situations and especially the considerations we hope will be given to those who are dealing with issues of mental health, so forth it's very important that we address those needs prayed one thing i do hope ends up in the bill is a provision that i have been working on with senators booker and blumenthal even before a number of these incidents have happened in the past. it is something known as the law enforcement consent loophole. and closing this up would address the area of sexual misconduct. that would be specifically and prison systems where guards are taking advantage of their position of authority and engaging in ill advised activities that are all in prison we need to wrap up the
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loopholes and hold them to a higher standard of. defunding the that is not a talking point of defining the police we need to make sure we are properly trained to protect the communities finally as i started the 99 county tour again, think this is a really great way to go back to my home state, spending time at home and visiting with the communities that a been impacted by covid-19. large in part what i'm hearing from community leaders and large business owners they are very, very thankful for the opportunity to keep their small businesses up and live. i'm glad to hear from so many of those folks back home understanding what their challenges are and are continuing to be as we move forward. but how we have also been able to support them during their time of crisis. thank you.
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>> well, as the senate soon considers we are trying to tart to include the endless front tears act. i introduce the endless frontiers act because i think it is important that the united states was continuing to lead technological development. i also went to make sure they benefit from productivity enhancements that will lead to increased wages. perhaps most immediately i introduce this for china similar investments and related cutting edge technology that we know we are going to define, not just yield politics in the future but in the world economy. we are still in the midst of this horrible coronavirus pandemic. it is quite clear that china
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intends to use this pandemic to its advantage. the chinese academy of sciences produced a report that observes the following. it is possible to turn the crisis of covid-19 into an opportunity, to increase the trust and dependence of all countries around the world in made in china. we are not going to let that happen. we are not going to allow the chinese to dominate fields of research like artificial intelligence and quantum computing advanced manufacturing advanced energy technology. the united states can and must continue to lead in these areas, it is international security interest, center economic interest, that is why the endless frontier act is so important. at this time i hope the united states does not set our sights too low as we look to emerge
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from this pandemic. instead we need to be thinking in bold terms as we historically have done. we need to invest in ourselves so we might lead in the future. reporter: democrats have described this as a watered-down version do you envision eventually negotiating or crafting a republican that uses a starting point? >> i can tell you, when we turn to it i will quote you on the motion to proceed to get to the bill and at that point the democrats have to make a decision to they want to prevent this a bill from going to the floor? or do they want to get on it and try to change it. but what i envision here is it effort to make a law and i'm fully aware it takes 60 votes
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to get something out of the senate. so it will really be up to them to decide how they want to handle this. they can either shoot it down as insufficient or be willing to take the risk to go to the bill and see what changes, if any we should all agree to to get to 60? >> as senator brosseau pointed out to federalize all of these issues that is a nonstarter it's basically democratic overreach to control everything in washington. we have no interest in them. colleagues says it doesn't go far enough very qualified, senator rand paul once a ban
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on. [inaudible] what is your response? >> what we will try to do here is pass a law. different people have different opinions. i think it is an important subject that needs to be addressed. and addressed in my view means more than talking about it means to try to accomplish something. a good example of that is the bill that is on the floor right now. we are in the process of making it a law, not just making a point. >> need to the very tiny amount of police officers. >> senator scott and i look forward to passing legislation that might not be just what i just said in the answer to the question here were going to
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try to make a law. we need to let him know whether it's next. >> have you spoken to president trump about racism in his threat to veto. [inaudible] cmac i have not heard one anecdote, after my dad thought it world war ii, he actually works for couple of years up for gordon and adjusted georgia. i can assure you none of us knew who gordon was. i can only speak for myself on this issue. if it is appropriate to take another look at these nays, i am personally okay with that. i'm a descendent of a confederate veteran myself. but what i do think is clearly
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a bridge too far is this nonsense we need to airbrush the capital and scrub out everybody from years ago that has any connection to slavery. you know there were eight presidents who owned slaves, washington did, jefferson dead madison, monroe, look, as far as the statues are concerned, every state gets two. any state can trade out if they choose to. and some actually are choosing to for one reason or another. but for myself in regard to military bases, whatever is ultimately decided i do not have a problem with. reporter: [inaudable question] >> i'm giving you my opinion. reporter: doesn't believe their systemic racism right
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now. [inaudible] cmac doesn't believe what. reporter: systemic racism. discussion of equity in american society. [inaudible] is that a problem? >> there's obviously still racism in america. we are still paying the price for our original sin of many years ago. we are constantly working to improve. so the bill out of minneapolis was not denied what happened. we want to responded that the federal level knowing our involvement with local police officers. our response to that will be summed up by the tim scott bill which we will roll out tomorrow. and then i'll decide what
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point we will go to it. thank you. [background >> this conference is 15 minutes. >> okay, everybody. thanks for coming. i hope everybody is healthy and they would thank you for joining us today. the need for the policing reform it will not make up for the decades of


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