The House Approves The Senate Gun Bill. Will Go To Biden For A Signature.

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House approves gun bill, which heads to Biden for his signature – The Washington Post

The House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act on Friday, ending the measure’s quick trip through Congress. It now heads to President Biden for his signature.

The Senate passed a bipartisan gun violence bill Thursday night, breaking a 30-year logjam in Washington on the contentious issue of gun rights.

The Senate voted 65 to 33 to pass the Safer Communities Act, which expands criminal background checks for gun buyers and funds programs to seize guns from troubled individuals.

The bill passed the House overwhelmingly along party lines, with no Democratic defections. Fourteen Republicans voted in favor.

Democrats hugged Rep. Lucy McBath after her son was shot and killed following a dispute over loud music at a gas station.

The Senate approved a bipartisan gun bill late Thursday, and the National Rifle Association opposed it. Fifteen Republican senators joined all Senate Democrats in supporting the bill.

The mass shooting incidents of the last month influenced Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-N.Y.) to break with his party and come out in support of banning assault weapons and limiting high-capacity magazines, among other measures. It appeared to hurt him politically, and he announced a week later that he would not seek reelection.

Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican facing a heated primary challenge in August, backed the measure, meaning she will probably face attacks in her conservative Western state over this issue and her role on the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021  Capitol event.

The compromise package includes modest measures to curb gun violence, including expanding criminal background checks for some gun buyers and limiting access to those with domestic violence convictions and greatly expanding mental health. It also funds programs that would allow authorities to seize guns from troubled individuals.

The package faced less resistance from both parties in the Senate than in the House, where Republicans said the bill does not go far enough in expanding school safety.

Liberals were concerned that funding police presence at schools could increase the criminalization of minority students.

Following previous mass shootings, Murphy and Cornyn tried to strike a deal but fell short. The group of 20 senators acknowledged that the agreement was the sweet spot.

15 Republicans joined all Democratic senators in supporting the bill, including McConnell and Cornyn.

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