House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday likened police chokeholds to lynching, saying that she is confident Republican lawmakers will agree to ban them.
Pelosi's comments come as Capitol Hill legislators work to advance two competing police reform bills. The Democratic bill goes further than the Republican and includes bans on chokeholds and no-knock warrants. Pelosi said on Monday that she expects Republicans will agree with a ban on chokeholds.
"I can't imagine they wouldn't have a ban on chokeholds. Let's get reasonable," Pelosi told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." "A chokehold is a lynching. That's a strangulation. It's a lynching. I think that is almost like the lowest common denominator, but again I will leave it up to my negotiators, because as you know in a negotiation, it's not what's in or out, it's the sum total of the different impact that the legislation will have in justice and policing."
Senior Senate Republicans signaled on Monday that the chamber would have to wait roughly a month before being able to take up police reform legislation because other major priorities — such as the annual defense bill — are likely to eat up floor time.
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