(CNN) — The Senate will hold a key vote Thursday to try to move forward with legislation to combat domestic terrorism. The vote comes as lawmakers are under intense pressure to take action following several recent episodes of horrific gun violence.
The invoice walked by the house last week after a tragedy mass shooting at a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York. However, due to opposition from the GOP, it is not expected to advance in the Senate.
Republicans have opposed the Democrats’ bill, calling it partisan and unnecessary. At least 10 Senate Republicans would need to vote with Democrats to clear the 60-vote threshold imposed by the filibuster — and that’s unlikely to happen.
Just a Republican – Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois – tuned for the measure when the Democrat-led House approved it after the Buffalo supermarket shooting. The Ministry of Justice investigate this shooting as a hate crime and “an act of racially motivated violent extremism”.
The nation was shaken another devastating mass shooting on Tuesday when an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school before being killed by police officers, officials said.
The elementary school shooting has sparked impassioned calls from Democrats for gun violence legislation and reignited a gun control debate on Capitol Hill, but it seems highly unlikely that the partisans’ long-lasting and entrenched standoff over gun control will be broken will.
The expected failure of the Counter-Terrorism Prevention Bill in the Senate will once again underscore how difficult it is for lawmakers to make any major policy change in the wake of mass shootings amid a highly polarized political environment and widespread GOP opposition to gun control measures.
The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022 would establish offices specifically focused on domestic terrorism at the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the FBI.
The bureaus would track and analyze domestic terrorist activity with the aim of better preparing the federal government to identify risks in order to take preventive action.
The bill creates a requirement for semi-annual reporting on domestic terrorism threats. It also calls for assessments of the threat posed specifically by white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
Republican Senate President John Thune, representing South Dakota, said Wednesday it was “unlikely” that 10 Republicans would vote to move forward the House-passed domestic terrorism bill because of the White House and Justice Department would have indicated that they have already provided for the authorities in the draft law.
“It’s a lot of things that they already have the authority to do,” Thune said, providing the first formal confirmation from a GOP leader that the bill, which is a top priority for Democrats, will not pass the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday begged senators to vote to advance the bill later in the week.
“This week we all in the Senate have an opportunity to take a stand against extremism by voting to begin debate on the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act,” he said.
“This law is as natural as it comes,” he said, saying it will “tackle domestic terrorism and extremism.”
Senate Democrats took steps Tuesday night to place two House-passed background check bills on the legislative calendar for a vote. However, it’s unclear when the Senate might vote on the measures, and they’re not expected to overcome a GOP filibuster.
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