Desperate after a series of losses dealt by the SCOTUS, moderates in his own party, and unflattering public polls, President Joe Biden is reportedly planning to take executive action on police reform. The action will supposedly coincide with Democrat lawmakers’ push to revive the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act which failed to garner bipartisan support.
According to NBC News:
The focus on police reforms is part of what appears to be a last-ditch effort by the Biden administration to take action on some of Biden’s signature initiatives in the run-up to his State of the Union Address on March 1. In addition to voting rights and policing, the White House and congressional Democrats are considering ways to resurrect Biden’s Build Back Better package, either by paring the legislation or separating it into two bills, three sources familiar with the discussions said.
The executive actions on policing are still being finalized, the sources said. They did not know how the actions would differ from steps the Justice Department took last year when it imposed new restrictions on chokeholds and “no-knock” warrants.
Two people familiar with the discussions said the White House could roll out the executive actions to mark the beginning of Black History Month in February.
The White House is starting 2022 with major pushes for voting rights and police reform as Biden’s support among Black voters, a voting bloc key to both his primary and general election successes, appears to be at an all-time low. A new Quinnipiac University poll found that 57 percent of Black voters approved of Biden’s job performance — down significantly from 78 percent in April, and in territory that could imperil Democrats’ chances of keeping control of the House and the Senate in the November midterm elections.
Whether these actions will inspire moderate Democrats, who have been key in blocking Biden’s other key policies, remains to be seen.