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Nonprofit reimbursement bill reaches White House

Friday | July 10, 2020

A bipartisan nonprofit unemployment reimbursement bill introduced by Sen. Tim Scott was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday and is bound for White House approval.

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Editorial: Don’t give up on police reform on the federal level

Friday | July 10, 2020

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott said Wednesday that he hopes his much-needed police reform bill, killed by a Democratic filibuster in the Senate last month, might have a Lazarus moment and be revived.

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Sen. Tim Scott on race, police reform, and why ending qualified immunity is a nonstarter for the GOP

Tuesday | July 7, 2020

by Jane Coaston

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only Black Republican serving in the US Senate, has an additional, unenviable task beyond his usual legislative portfolio: talking to his colleagues, and Republicans in general, about the issues of race and policing with which he has an intimate familiarity.

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Sen. Tim Scott: Fourth of July challenges – as in times past we will unite, progress and hope, always

Friday | July 3, 2020

by Senator Tim Scott

Independence Day is a day familiar to us all. The streets are dressed in red, white and blue, and the sky serves as a canvas for an endless night of fireworks. We enjoy parades and time with loved ones – all while saluting our nation and our freedoms. As we celebrate America’s 244th year as an independent nation, however, the face of our country looks different.

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Tim Scott Didn’t Ask For This

Wednesday | July 1, 2020

by Declan Garvey

South Carolina’s junior senator didn’t set out to have a political career defined by his race. But his unique perspective has made him perhaps the most influential legislator in the Trump era.

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If only woke protesters knew how close they were to meaningful police reform

Wednesday | July 1, 2020

by Kelsey Bolar

Shamelessly denying Republicans the 60 votes needed to openly debate a GOP-proposed bill, Senate Democrats stripped Americans of the opportunity to pass meaningful reforms for an issue that’s turned the nation upside down.

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Republican senator sees effort this week to revive police reform debate in U.S. Congress

Sunday | June 28, 2020

by David Morgan

U.S. lawmakers will try this week to revive efforts to enact police reform legislation in Congress, a Republican senator said on Sunday, after moves to address police misconduct following the death of George Floyd deteriorated into partisan bickering.

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Tim Scott’s frustrating and fated fight for police reform: ‘This is my issue’

Saturday | June 27, 2020

by Caitlin Byrd

Scott recognized the moment sooner than the rest of his party. On June 3, he approached Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell at a closed-door Republican luncheon and asked to write his party’s bill — their response — on police reform. Scott’s pitch was direct: He told McConnell he is the only Republican senator who has experienced racial profiling and discrimination.

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Democrats Play Politics on Police Reform

Thursday | June 25, 2020

by Shay Hawkins

The Justice Act, a law-enforcement reform bill written by Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina and introduced by Senate Republicans, has much in common with the Justice in Policing Act, favored by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Democrats’ shameful vote against Tim Scott’s police reform bill

Thursday | June 25, 2020

by Marc A. Thiessen

We saw how seriously congressional Democrats were taking police reform when Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the second-ranking Democratic leader, dismissed legislation introduced by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) as a “token, half-hearted approach.” For Durbin to question the seriousness and sincerity of Scott — a black man who has personally experienced police discrimination — was disgraceful. Scott said of Durbin’s comment, “to call this a token process hurts my soul.” 

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Tim Scott denounces Democrats and Pelosi for blocking police reform bill

Wednesday | June 24, 2020

by Susan Ferrechio

Sen. Tim Scott called out Democrats for blocking a Republican-authored police reform measure, arguing party lawmakers refused to debate the measure simply because it was written by the GOP in a presidential election year.

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Tim Scott: 'Tearing down history for the sake of anarchy is not how we make progress'

Tuesday | June 23, 2020

by Joshua Nelson

The desire to purge “all of history because it was ugly or negative really does not serve the American people well,” according to Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

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Tim Scott: Police 'need more resources, not less resources' to compel reform

Sunday | June 21, 2020

by Justine Coleman

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said Sunday that police “need more resources, not less resources” to compel reform within their departments after the death of George Floyd sparked calls for change across the country.

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‘Living His Mother’s American Dream’

Friday | June 19, 2020

by Tunku Varadarajan

Sen. Tim Scott discusses his police-reform bill, Dick Durbin’s put-down, and how Republicans can appeal to black voters.

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Tim Scott explains JUSTICE Act's police reforms, including end to chokeholds

Friday | June 19, 2020

by Tony Fortier-Bensen

U.S. Senator Tim Scott has been on the front lines of the JUSTICE Act, Congress's leading bill to reshape policing in America.

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GOP Sen. Tim Scott: I've choked on fear when stopped by police. We need the JUSTICE Act.

Thursday | June 18, 2020

by Tim Scott

We must offer more than words and social media posts. The JUSTICE Act will help us balance the scales of justice. It will help us breathe again.

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Charleston and North Charleston police chiefs say reform bill is a good step

Thursday | June 18, 2020

by Harve Jacobs

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Lowcountry police chiefs say a proposed bill to reform police departments Is a good step. The bill, proposed by Sen. Tim Scott, is designed to make police departments more accountable. The legislation was sparked by the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville by police officers who are now facing murder charges. Both Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds and North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess reviewed … Continue Reading


SC Sen. Tim Scott unveils police reform bill, asks Democrats to cooperate

Wednesday | June 17, 2020

by Jamie Lovegrove

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott unveiled his much-anticipated law enforcement reform bill Wednesday in response to nationwide protests against police brutality and encouraged his Democratic colleagues to sign on, even as he acknowledged that his legislation may not go as far as they would prefer.

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Tim Scott, Once Quiet on Matters of Race, Embraces Key Role on Police Reform

Tuesday | June 16, 2020

by Catie Edmondson and Nicholas Fandos

The sole black Republican senator cited his personal experiences with racism as a vital perspective to his party’s approach to a law enforcement overhaul.

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Tim Scott: We must meet racism with love and peace

Tuesday | June 16, 2020

by Tim Scott

I remember Wednesday, June 17, 2015, like it was yesterday. I had just finished having dinner with my good friend, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, in Washington, D.C., and was sitting on my bed when the phone rang.

It was the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office with news of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church.

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