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May 26 - Senate GOP Blocks Domestic Terrorism Bill, Gun Policy Debate



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May 26 - Senate GOP Blocks Domestic Terrorism Bill, Gun Policy Debate
 

 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats’ first attempt at responding to the back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, failed in the Senate Thursday as Republicans blocked a domestic terrorism bill that would have opened debate on difficult questions surrounding hate crimes and gun safety.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. tried to nudge Republicans into taking up a domestic terrorism bill that had cleared the House quickly last week after mass shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and a church in Southern California targeting people of color. He said it could become the basis for negotiation.

But the vote failed along party lines, raising fresh doubts about the possibility of robust debate, let alone eventual compromise, on gun safety measures. The final vote was 47-47, short of the 60 needed to take up the bill. All Republicans voted against it.

“None of us are under any illusions this will be easy,” Schumer said ahead of the vote.

Rejection of the bill, just two days after the mass shooting at Texas elementary school that k*lled 19 children and two teachers, brought into sharp relief Congress’ persistent failure to pass legislation to curb the nation’s epidemic of gun violence.

Schumer said he will give bipartisan negotiations in the Senate about two weeks, while Congress is away for a break, to try to forge a compromise bill that could pass the 50-50 Senate, where 60 votes will be needed to overcome a filibuster.

A small, bipartisan group of senators who have for years sought to negotiate legislation on guns met Thursday following the vote and emerged with areas “of potential agreement.” Those appeared to include providing grants to states to implement red flag laws — designed to keep firearms from people who could harm themselves or others — and updating an effort to expand background checks for commercial gun sales, including at gun shows and on the internet.

“We’ve got about 10 members, equal numbers on both sides,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who is leading the negotiations. “We have a good list of things to work on.” He added that the group plans to follow up with a phone call next week.

Murphy has been working to push gun legislation since the 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that k*lled 20 children and six educators.

A member of the group, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., told reporters that a bill he has been working on for the past decade to expand background checks for firearm sales still does not have enough support but “I hope we’ll get there.”

None of the lawmakers could say definitively if any of the efforts will have the 10 Republican senators it needs to pass.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said little about gun legislation since the several tragedies have unfolded, told reporters he met with Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas earlier and encouraged senators to work together across the aisle on workable outcomes.

“I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution that’s directly related to the facts of this awful massacre,” McConnell said.

The domestic terrorism bill that failed Thursday dates back to 2017, when Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., first proposed it after mass shootings in Las Vegas and Southerland Springs, Texas.

The House passed a similar measure by a voice vote in 2020, only to have it languish in the Senate. Since then, Republicans have turned against the legislation, with only one GOP lawmaker supporting passage in the House last week.

“What had broad bipartisan support two years ago, because of the political climate we find ourselves in ... or to be more specific, the political climate Republicans find themselves in, we’re not able to stand up against domestic terrorism,” Schneider, who came into office in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, told The a*sociated Press.

Republicans say the bill doesn’t place enough emphasis on combating domestic terrorism committed by groups on the far left. Under the bill, agencies would be required to produce a joint report every six months that a*sesses and quantifies domestic terrorism threats nationally, including threats posed by white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups.

Proponents say the bill will fill the gaps in intelligence-sharing among the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI so that officials can better track and respond to the growing threat of white extremist terrorism.

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 1 month ago '09        #2
LOONATIK  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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fu*k america i cant wait to leave!!!
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 1 month ago '18        #3
LuxuriousGreen  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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Oooo I’m so surprised this failed…btw some dems voted no too.
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 1 month ago '18        #4
LuxuriousGreen  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 LOONATIK said
fu*k america i cant wait to leave!!!
Bullsh*t…complain complain complain but you won’t do anything so it shall remain the same #bars
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 1 month ago '16        #5
Boogersugar  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x18
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The filibuster allows for tyranny of the minority and has been the tool used to thwart the will of the people since its inception. Defenders of the filibuster are cowards as are those who wield it indiscriminately
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 1 month ago '14        #6
Doc Goblin  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x63
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 Boogersugar said
The filibuster allows for tyranny of the minority and has been the tool used to thwart the will of the people since its inception. Defenders of the filibuster are cowards as are those who wield it indiscriminately
Hey. Hey. You're a f*g**t who thinks these pretentious comments mean something to people on the internet.

Buddy. You're not important. You're not that guy. You're just a person with an opinion on the internet. If you knew so much.

You would get up off your fat a*s, use your money to help improve the world or area you live in or get a job that help put good into it. Like politics since you like to suck government d*ck so mcuh. Meanwhile, you are not in washington. You hold NO seat of power to help and all you do is jibber jabber of the mouth on the world worst internet site for political discussion.

Boxden is NOT community service. YOU. fu*kING. c*ck SUCKER.
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 1 month ago '18        #7
DUCEDUCE  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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So what is the republicans plan to govern , just gut the system and have a free for all. They better rethink it, cause when it goes down all these cops are just going to run away like they did in Uvaldo.
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 1 month ago '12        #8
OldBusiness  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 Boogersugar said
The filibuster allows for tyranny of the minority and has been the tool used to thwart the will of the people since its inception. Defenders of the filibuster are cowards as are those who wield it indiscriminately
Bruh why is @ following you around boxden today with them long a*s posts


Yo @ they banned @
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 1 month ago '04        #9
ILLUSHUN 
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Why are we afraid to address mental illness in our country?
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 1 month ago '18        #10
Dehone 
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This nation deserves to fail.
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 1 month ago '18        #11
S-Class  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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 LuxuriousGreen said
Oooo I’m so surprised this failed…btw some dems voted no too.
What’s the reason ?

 1 month ago '19        #12
JBigDawg  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 ILLUSHUN said
Why are we afraid to address mental illness in our country?
Exactly.. its a mental illness issue not a gun issue

Guns don't k*ll people, people k*ll people

For example - When a man can say he's a woman and its widely accepted... thats publicly encouraging mental illness
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 1 month ago '15        #13
Lord Funkington 
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 LuxuriousGreen said
Oooo I’m so surprised this failed…btw some dems voted no too.
This vote just shows how broken this country is. They can't stop arguing for two seconds across party lines to come up with well defined solutions.
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 1 month ago '17        #14
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x23
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What them punk panty bi*ch dems need to do is scream about this and post this everywhere for the world to see rather than trying to play nice with these reich wing scumbags.
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 1 month ago '17        #15
Mperfection 
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 Boogersugar said
The filibuster allows for tyranny of the minority and has been the tool used to thwart the will of the people since its inception. Defenders of the filibuster are cowards as are those who wield it indiscriminately
Nothing but facts. These souther fu*kers have been pulling the same play since the Civil War. The fact that they have been allowed to says something about both sides...

 1 month ago '19        #16
GetYaCoinsKing  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Lol all these idiots on the thread crying because guns aren't getting banned, Man if you don't stfu. A lot of you mfs don't realize that banning guns will make you an even bigger lick since all the guns will be held by criminals and NOT law abiding citizens; Its super easy to make a 3D printed gun, have one shipped or buy illegally.


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 1 month ago '16        #17
kuul  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11
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they wont care til that sh*t is in their personal space. no empathy for the people they serve.

 1 month ago '20        #18
JLH2121 
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I hate these dudes! Real Talk. If I could beat their a*s I would. They are such jackasses! How in the world can these old bastards make decisions and block things for everyone!

 1 month ago '17        #19
Lazy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 ILLUSHUN said
Why are we afraid to address mental illness in our country?
Because then you have to fix it

No one really wants that responsibility
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 1 month ago '17        #20
Lazy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 kuul said
they wont care til that sh*t is in their personal space. no empathy for the people they serve.
It was in their personal space on Jan 6

Their whole squad was on the chopping block, and yet here we are

They and the system we all operate in just doesn’t have the space for real change

 1 month ago '18        #21
LuxuriousGreen  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 DUCEDUCE said
So what is the republicans plan to govern , just gut the system and have a free for all. They better rethink it, cause when it goes down all these cops are just going to run away like they did in Uvaldo.
& since you & people like you will give up y’all protection, y’all will be the first ones dropped
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 1 month ago '18        #22
LuxuriousGreen  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 ILLUSHUN said
Why are we afraid to address mental illness in our country?
Because they want one thing…your 2A rights…all of them are on code for this but since their masters haven’t made mental health the focus is just 2A rights.
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 1 month ago '18        #23
LuxuriousGreen  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 S-Class said
What’s the reason ?
Honestly I don’t care, I’m just preparing myself & my family.

 1 month ago '18        #24
LuxuriousGreen  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 Naga Sadow said
What them punk panty bi*ch dems need to do is scream about this and post this everywhere for the world to see rather than trying to play nice with these reich wing scumbags.
Nope & none even know this just happened because their attention is on the shooting.
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 1 month ago '04        #25
R Dot 
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fu*king Dems trying to take alway oUr straps and you scared sh*tlibs are going along with it.
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