The Republican majority in the Senate blocked a resolution proposed by Democrats on Tuesday condemning President Donald Trump for using gas and rubber bullets against unarmed demonstrators outside the White House.
Mass protests swept American cities, including the capital, Washington, after the death of African-American George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis.
Federal agents pushed protesters out of Lafayette Square outside the White House on Monday so that the president could walk through the square to be photographed with the Bible in his hands against the background of St. John’s Episcopal Church. These actions, as well as Trump’s threat to use federal troops to suppress the riots, have exacerbated the mood among protesters.
“Congress condemns the President of the United States for ordering federal agents to use gas and rubber bullets against Americans who were protesting peacefully,” said a resolution proposed by the Democrat senators.
The democrats tried to use the accelerated voting procedure to pass the resolution, but their actions were blocked by Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell.