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Sen. Dick Durbin apologizes to Sen. Tim Scott for ‘token’ comment on police reform bill

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin apologized to Sen. Tim Scott after calling the police reform bill he spearheaded as the lone black GOP senator a “token” approach, Durbin's office said. “The minute Sen. Durbin heard that he had offended Sen. Scott, he sought him out on the floor and apologized. What Sen. Durbin took issue with in his floor speech was not Sen. Scott’s bill, but that the Senate Majority Leader would short circuit this critical debate and fail to make the changes needed to prevent the killing of Black Americans by police officers,” Durbin’s communications director, Emily Hampsten, said in a statement to Fox News. “Addressing systemic racism and changing policing in America requires and deserves more than one Judiciary hearing, one floor vote, one conversation,” she added. Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Durbin referenced Scott's bill and said he respects the senator but made clear he supports the Democrats’ legislation, saluting California Sen. Kam