Legislatively, the legislature still has many obstacles to clear in the Senate – it faces two more key votes to break a filibuster and then for the final vote – but it has the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Tuesday’s vote attracted more than the minimum 10 Republican votes it will take to get past a filmmaker.
It could pass the Senate by the end of the week, said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Sumer, and then go to the House of Representatives.
If passed, it would be tantamount to the most important new federal law to deal with armed violence since the 10-year arms embargo ended in 1994 – although it fails to ban any weapons and lags far behind what Democrats and opinion polls show. most Americans want me to see.
“As the author of the Brady Bill examines history, which was passed in 1994, I am pleased that for the first time in almost 30 years, Congress is back on track to take effective action to combat armed violence,” he said. Sumer.
The bill includes millions of dollars in mental health, school safety, crisis response programs and incentives for states to include juvenile records in the National Criminal Justice Immediate Control System.
He also makes significant changes to the process when someone between the ages of 18 and 21 goes to buy a firearm and closes his friend’s so-called window, a major victory for the Democrats, who have fought for it for a decade.
Auxiliaries estimated the measure would cost about $ 15 billion, which Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, the Democrats’ chief negotiator, said would be paid in full.
The bill lacks much stronger proposals backed by President Joe Biden, and Democrats have been pushing unsuccessfully for years, derailed by the Republican opposition.
These include banning offensive weapons or raising the minimum age for buying them, banning large-capacity ammunition and requiring a history check on almost all arms sales.
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However, after 10 African-American shoppers were killed last month in Buffalo, New York and 19 children and two teachers died days later in Uvalde, Texas, Democrats and some Republicans decided that this time, the measured steps were preferable to his usual response. Congress in such horrors – deadlock.