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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) walks through statuary hall on June 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives voted 232-180 today to pass legislation to make the District of Columbia the 51st state. The United States hasn’t added a new state since Alaska and Hawaii in 1959. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

For a moment, Congress appeared poised to act on a policing overhaul. Those efforts have stalled and now seem unlikely to be revived in an election year. It’s the latest example of the ways partisanship and polarization on Capitol Hill have hamstrung Congress’ ability to meet the moment and keep up with public opinion. As a result, major changes in policing policy appear likely to join gun control and immigration as social issues where even with Americans’ overwhelming support, their elected representatives are unable or unwilling to go along, especially when President Donald Trump is indifferent or opposed.