"Tell the House to Remove the Senate’s Anti-Black Amendment to the Budget Resolution," the group tweeted Friday. "They vote on this next week!"
In a prior tweet, they labeled the measure a "universal attempt to silence the demands from the streets."
Passed in the Senate last week, the GOP-backed amendment was geared toward denying funding from localities that engage in defunding attempts. Many outlets covered Democrats' support as a means to avoid a clash with Republicans.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., announced at the time that the amendment was a "gift." Referring to its sponsor, Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., Booker stated: "This senator has given the gift that finally once and for all we can put to bed this scurrilous accusation that somebody in this great, esteemed body would want to defund the police."
He reportedly told colleagues "not to walk but sashay" to support the amendment.
That statement was apparently a step too far for BLM, though, as they lamented that "NO ONE" in the Senate had their back.
"Make no mistake," the group tweeted, "this is a universal attempt to silence the demands from the streets. This is an attempt to put our movement ‘in check.’ No one, we repeat NO ONE, had the back of our revolutionary movement in the Senate."
In a follow-up tweet, they continued: "In fact, 1 of the 2 Black Democratic Senators — Cory Booker — said in a speech tonight that he thinks this amendment is ‘a gift’ that would let Democrats ‘put to bed this scurrilous accusation that somebody in this great esteemed body would want to defund the police.’"
Most mainstream Democrats, though, never embraced the defunding movement pushed by party progressives. Democratic President Joe Biden denied the idea throughout the 2020 campaign, even as he backed calls for reforms to address racial inequities and excessive force.
Voters reject cutting police budgets by large margins, polls show. A USA Today/Ipsos survey last month discovered that about two-thirds of respondents think that crime is worsening and that 7 in 10 support bigger police budgets. Only 22% said they support defunding police.
Advocates for diverting police funds to social services concede they now face long odds. Christy Lopez, a former U.S. Justice Department official, chairs the police reform commission formed last year by the Washington city council. She still believes spending on mental health and other programs would control crime better than more officers. But she acknowledged that advocates have not convinced voters.
Booker's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.