“We are in close touch and we certainly defer to the expectations of the key negotiators,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday when pressed on the timeline, citing positive feedback on the ongoing conversations from South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker.
Biden had set the May 25 goal — the anniversary of George Floyd’s death — during his joint address to Congress in April, Psaki said, “because he feels it’s important to be bold, to be ambitious, and that’s exactly what he feels we’re hopefully working toward.”
Talks between both parties in the House and Senate are ongoing. But the House entered a work period after their votes on Thursday and won’t return to Washington until June, making passage all but impossible ahead of the President’s deadline next week.
“The most important thing is that we have a bill that hits the President’s desk, not the date that it does,” Rep. Karen Bass, a California Democrat, told reporters Tuesday. But Bass has confirmed that she will remain in Washington next week as in-person talks continue.
Asked if progress had been made on the Section 242 issue, Booker said, “We are working hard on making sure there’s real accountability for police officers, both civil and criminal. And that’s my goal, it was in the Justice in Policing Act, but this is a negotiation. This bill can’t get done if it doesn’t have Senate Republican support, not just some support, it’s really got to be like the First Step Act where you see a significant amount of senators on both sides supporting it.”
Psaki said the White House will commemorate the solemn anniversary of Floyd’s death.
Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died at the hands of Minneapolis police officers in 2020, sparking demonstrations against racism and police brutality around the country.
“We will certainly mark the anniversary as it was a moment that impacted millions of Americans and certainly the President on a personal level,” she said.
CNN’s Jessica Dean and Clare Foran contributed to this report.Source link