"We're serious about making a law here," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who announced that the Senate would try to turn to the Scott bill as early as next week.
The Senate GOP plan does more than President Trump's Executive Order on police accountability issued on Tuesday, but less than a sweeping package of reforms from Democrats in the House.
While Senators have been having discussions about details of a reform bill, there was no hint of ongoing talks, as a key Republican slammed Democrats over efforts to deal with police brutality.
"I'm getting a little tired of being lectured to by my Democratic colleagues, that all of this is Trump's fault," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), whose stern statement rang a different note, as he blamed Democrats for not trying to make reforms during the Obama Administration.
"So, if you want to fight about that, let's fight," Graham added, talking about the chokehold issue.
Unlike a bill from House Democrats, the GOP plan does not address the issue of 'qualified immunity,' which limits lawsuits against individual police officers for their misconduct.
“The Senate proposal of studies and reporting without transparency and accountability is inadequate,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “The Senate’s so-called Justice Act is not action.”