After months of exhausting every possible pathway to a bipartisan deal, it remains out of reach right now, even after working collaboratively with and securing the support of policing groups, Booker said Wednesday. Unfortunately, even with this law enforcement support and further compromises we offered, there was still too wide a gulf with our negotiating partners and we faced significant obstacles to securing a bipartisan deal.

Booker added that the time has come to explore all other options to achieve meaningful and common sense police reform.

The failed bipartisan negotiations almost certainly close the door on police reform this Congress, absent changes to Senate rules. Earlier this year, the House passed a sweeping police reform bill named after George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last year. But that legislation has no chance of getting 10 Republican votes in the Senate.

The talks are over. We did the best we could, said Bass, the lead House Democrat negotiator.

It wasn’t like there was a big fight. It wasn’t like there was a big rupture. But at a certain point, you have to recognize that you’re just spinning your wheels, she said, blaming police unions intransigence in part for the collapse of talks.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the end to the police reform discussions.