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21 House Democrats ask party leaders to split gun law package

Many House Democrats are asking party leaders to divulge a package of gun control measures on hopes that the bills will have a better shot at garnering Republican support individually.

Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) wrote a letter Thursday to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats asking that the eight-bill package known as “Protecting Our Kids” be implemented. be broken down so that each bill within it can have a standalone vote on the floor of the House.

The package includes legislation that would raise the legal age for purchasing semi-automatic rifles to 21, outlaw high-capacity magazines, strengthen gun storage requirements and combat unattended “ghost guns,” among other gun control measures. .

The package – drawn up by Democrats in response to two horrific mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas that killed more than 30 people combined – is likely to easily pass the Democrat-controlled House, but expected to fail in the Senate. where it requires 10 Republican votes to break down a filibuster and vote for it.

“While we want every member of Congress in the House and Senate to join us in supporting all of these bills, we know this is not our current reality, and given the structure of the US Congress, we know that We must have bipartisan support for bills that want to become laws,” the legislators wrote.

Representative Abigail Spanberger
Rep. Abigail Spanberger is one of 21 members of Congress who wrote to Speaker Pelosi requesting the package be split.
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He added that debating and voting each bill on its own would optimize each one’s chances of receiving maximum bipartisan support because some Republicans may be open to one or two bills but not all.

The members of Congress said, “As members of the majority party, we must make a good faith effort to invite our allies to join us in debating the merits of each bill and voting for each bill. ”

If nothing else, he said, splitting the package allows the American people to know how their representatives vote on each gun control measure rather than just their blanket stance.

His letter — which was also addressed to Majority Leader Jim Clyburn, Majority Whip Steny Hoyer and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler — was sent the same day President Biden delivered a speech urging Congress to pass gun reform measures. it was done.

Biden called on lawmakers to ban assault rifles, expand background checks, and pass “red flag” laws in the wake of a racist shooting at a Buffalo supermarket that killed 10 black people and 10 days after Texas’ primary The school was shot in Uvalde. Where 19 students and two teachers died.

The House Judiciary Committee approved the “Protecting Our Kids” package with a vote of 25 to 19 Thursday evening after lengthy and bitter debate.

President Biden
Biden recently called on lawmakers to ban assault rifles.
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Gun control has been a fiercely partisan issue that has lingered in Congress for years as more and more mass shootings claim the lives of Americans.

In his speech on Thursday, Biden asked how much more it would take for Congress to act.

“How much more genocide are we willing to accept?” He asked. “How many more innocent American lives should be taken before just saying ‘enough’?”

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