House Democrats, who have spent months trying to put together a package of police funding bills to help combat assaults on the campaign trail, were on the verge of passing it Thursday morning, according to sources familiar with the matter. Spent struggling to get votes.
Several progressive Democrats have threatened to vote against it, and the House deadlocked when leadership tried to resolve it. House Democratic leaders appear to have convinced a progressive Democrat — Ayanna Presley of Massachusetts — to cast a “present” vote to secure enough votes to pass a long-stalled police funding package. can go which the weaker members are demanding. knowledge of the matter.
Several other progressive Democrats plan to abstain, so the vote will be close but expected to pass.
Washington state Congressional Progressive Caucus chairwoman Pramila Jaypal and Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who serves as the caucus’s whip, released a statement Wednesday praising the deal.
The bill is essentially a messaging bill heading into the midterms as moderate Democratic House members try to shield themselves from political attacks that they are anti-police.
This story and headline were updated Thursday with additional developments.