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Senate Approves Gun Control, Red Flag Laws With 65-33 Vote — Mitch McConnel and 14 Other Republicans Side with Democrats 

PoliticsSenate Approves Gun Control, Red Flag Laws With 65-33 Vote -- Mitch McConnel and 14 Other Republicans Side with Democrats 

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Senate has approved comprehensive gun control legislation by a vote of 65 to 33 late Thursday night.

The bill “responds” in a “positive and affirmative way” to last month’s killings at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, according to Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who led negotiations with Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, CBS News reported.

Thirty-one individuals were murdered in the Buffalo and Uvalde incidents, including 19 kids.

“I don’t believe in doing nothing in the face of what we saw in Uvalde, and we’ve seen in far too many communities. Doing nothing is an abdication of our responsibility as representatives of the American people here in the United States Senate,” Cornyn said.

The bill will now be returned to the House, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised to act as soon as possible. Despite Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s appeals to Republicans to vote “Nay,” the bill is poised to pass the Democrat-controlled House.

“First thing tomorrow morning, the Rules Committee will meet to advance this life-saving legislation to the floor,” Pelosi said in a statement Thursday night.

Although the bill doesn’t include all of Biden’s proposed gun control measures, he is expected to sign it.

Biden called the House to “promptly vote on this bipartisan bill and send it to my desk.”

“Tonight, after 28 years of inaction, bipartisan members of Congress came together to heed the call of families across the country and passed legislation to address the scourge of gun violence in our communities. Families in Uvalde and Buffalo — and many tragic shootings before — have demanded action. And tonight, we acted,” he said.

Republican Senators who voted for the bill are the following:

  • Roy Blunt
  • Richard Burr
  • Shelley Moore Capito
  • Bill Cassidy
  • Susan Collins
  • John Cornyn
  • Joni Ernst
  • Lindsey Graham
  • Mitch McConnell
  • Lisa Murkowski
  • Rob Portman
  • Mitt Romney
  • Thom Tillis
  • Pat Toomey
  • Todd Young

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