Republicans scoffed at the plan from Democrats, and complained about not being part of the bill drafting process.
“Democrats have made it clear that they would rather appease their radical base,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
In a lengthy committee debate, Democrats accused Republicans of offering amendments to the police bill which had nothing to do with the issue of police brutality - as the GOP forced votes on matters related to Antifa, the Mueller Report, and the area in Seattle taken over by protesters.
Unlike plans from Republicans in the Senate, the House Democratic bill includes a measure to open police officers to liability lawsuits, by doing away with what's known as 'qualified immunity' in the courts.
"It's time for us to end that charade, that legal charade," said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), saying if lawyers can be sued for misconduct, then police officers should be forced to deal with the same possibility for violating the rights of others.
"Nobody should be above the law," Johnson said. "That's the way it should be in America."
The action by the House Judiciary Committee means the House and Senate will be considering much different bills on police reform in coming weeks.
It's not clear if the two parties will be able to come together later this summer to actually produce something which can get to the President's desk.
“We're serious about making a law here,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday morning - but Democrats have said GOP plans are too 'watered down' to accept.