Senate to consider domestic terrorism bill despite stiff Republican opposition

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  • The US Senate will hold a procedural vote on Thursday to advance a domestic terrorism bill, although opposition from Republicans is almost certain to scrap the law.
  • The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act would create new government offices to report on domestic terrorism, with a particular focus on white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups.
  • Republicans say too many laws exist to prosecute white supremacists and that the current bill would give the Justice Department too much power.

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The US Senate will hold a procedural vote on Thursday to advance a domestic terrorism bill that the House passed earlier this month to respond to a mass shooting in Buffalo, NY.

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But Republican opposition is sure to overturn the law.

On May 14, 10 people were killed in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo in racist violence by an 18-year-old child. The Democratic-held House responded a few days later with a measure that would specifically seek to reduce racist violence.

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bill before the Senate, known as Domestic Terrorism Prevention ActThe FBI will also create three new offices in the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to track and investigate possible domestic terrorism cases.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, on Wednesday urged his Republican colleagues to consider the bill in the wake of the second May mass shooting of a teenager: 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school. Murder Uvalde, Texas.

“We need a real solution,” Schumer wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “There were officers in the school in Texas. The shooter crossed them.”

While Democrats also hope to draft legislation that would tighten gun background checks or so-called red flag laws, the bill before the Senate on Thursday will respond to the threat of racist killings. In recent years mass shootings have targeted a specific racial minority group, including in Buffalo, Atlanta, and El Paso, Texas.

The law would instruct new government offices to document and report on domestic terrorism, with a particular focus on white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups, and force the Pentagon and federal law enforcement to expel white supremacists from their payrolls.

The Senate is set to take its vote on clout — a process that allows the chamber to limit debate and eliminate a filibuster — just before noon ET in Washington.

But opposition from Republicans will likely stop the bill in its tracks. The GOP argues that many of the existing laws can prosecute white supremacists and other agents of domestic terrorism.

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Republicans in the House of Representatives, who opposed the bill when it was passed by the chamber on May 18, said the domestic terrorism bill would give the Justice Department and federal law enforcement too much power.

US Representative Chip Roy, a Texas Republican whose district includes parts of downtown AustinIn a speech from the floor of the House last week, he condemned the effort.

“We understand what is fueling the domestic terrorism unit in this FBI, in the federal government of this administration,” Roy said.

The bill is “about the empowerment of the federal bureaucracy to target Americans,” he continued. “It’s questioning that you don’t think is right. This idea is an extension of the crimes that pervade this body that will allow the government to target us for what we believe.”

While the domestic terrorism bill is less likely to get Senate approval, a growing number of the chamber’s Republicans appear receptive to talks about individual gun-control policy when 31 Americans have been massacred in less than a month. He was put to death in the shootout.

Schumer has so far leaned on the negotiating powers of Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat and fierce advocate of tougher gun policy, to determine which measures could win the support of 10 Republicans.

While Murphy’s success is unlikely because a solid majority of Republicans would never consider any additional gun regulation, it’s possible that a handful — including censors — Pat Tomei, Susan Collins and Rob Portman — pass red flag laws. Can be open to do or strengthen background checks

Toomi, a retired Republican from Pennsylvania, told CNN on Wednesday that he still supports a bill that he and Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.VA, wrote after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary a decade ago.

That bill, which would have expanded background checks and closed some gun purchase loopholes, won majority support in the Senate at the time, but lacked the 60 votes needed to crack a filibuster.

“I still strongly believe that the requirement for background checks on all commercial sales of firearms that Joe Manchin and I had is a perfectly reasonable policy that does not infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. ,” Tome said on Wednesday. “There’s a group of us that’s going to get together, and we’re going to discuss it and see if we might be able to get to 60.”

“There has also been some discussion about Red Flag legislation,” Tommy said, referring to laws that order family members to temporarily remove guns from a person suspected of posing a danger to themselves or others from court. allow to give.

“They are both discussions that are effectively going on,” he said.

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