2020 Scorecard Vote
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) sponsored S. 3985, the JUSTICE Act, which would inadequately address the need for comprehensive policing reform. Black people have endured systemic racism and abusive policing practices for generations, but the mere incremental reforms and increased police funding of S. 3985 fail to address the priorities of racial justice organizations. Despite the outcry from racial justice organizations and activists following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake and many others, S. 3985 fails to address racial profiling, no-knock warrants, militarization equipment, or restrictions on use of force such as chokeholds. Environmental justice requires racial and social justice, and an effort to pass a legislative half-measure instead of meaningful change is unacceptable. On June 24, the motion to invoke cloture was rejected by a vote of 55-45 (60 votes were needed to pass the motion; Senate roll call vote 126) and the proposal did not move forward. NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.