The House late Wednesday night gave the green light to the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in a 220-212 vote. The vote was initially scheduled to happen Thursday but was moved up.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), who represents the Minnesota district where George Floyd was killed last May, served as Speaker pro tempore during the floor debate over the legislation.
The police reform bill received no Republican votes. Initially, Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) had voted in favor of bill but he later tweeted that he had pressed the wrong button. Two Democrats, Reps. Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Ron Kind (R-Wisc.) voted against the measure.
The bill faces a tough road in the Senate, where GOP lawmakers are already bashing it as overly partisan. (More detail)
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