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Gun safety bill removes Senate filibuster, advances to final vote

The Senate voted on Thursday to halt debate on a draft gun safety bill amid a worrying rise in shootings across the United States

Fifteen Republicans sided with the 50-member Democratic caucus to clear the procedural hurdle, putting the chamber on track to pass the legislation by the end of the week. If approved by Congress, the package will be the first major piece of federal gun reform in nearly 30 years.

The Republicans who voted to advance the legislation Thursday were the senses. Mitch McConnell, Richard Burr, Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, Thom Tillis, Pat Toomey, Todd Young, Roy Blunt, Shelley Moore Capito, Rob Portman, Joni Ernst, Bill Cassidy and Lisa Murkowski.

Senate rules typically require an additional 30 hours of debate after the closing vote, but Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he wants unanimous agreement to reject that requirement and hold a final vote Thursday.

It’s unclear whether such a move would be supported by Republicans. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said some of his colleagues had amendments to the bill they wanted to see considered first.

The House will have to pass the measure before it can be enacted.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, has promised to “promptly” introduce the gun safety brief once it passes the Senate, “so we can send it to President Biden’s office.” .

On Wednesday, House Republicans encouraged members to vote against the gun safety package.

“The bill imposes additional emergency federal spending on states to encourage the implementation of red flag laws and dramatically increases funding for many other grant programs, but the bill’s vague language contains caveats. -insufficient fools to ensure the money is actually used to keep guns away from criminals or prevent mass violence,” office of House Republican Whip Steve Scalise wrote in a memo to Republican lawmakers obtained by ABC News.

The sun shines on the US Capitol dome on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 9, 2022.

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Key aspects of the legislation include expanded federal background checks on buyers under 21, financial incentives for states to pass “red flag” laws and other intervention programs, and the shutdown of self- saying “escape from boyfriends”.

The bill comes with a price tag of $13.2 billion, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office announced Wednesday. The bureau says the bill will be paid in full by once again delaying a Trump-era ban on prescription drug reimbursements in Medicare.

Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., support the legislation — which was crafted by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the weeks following the tragic elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. .

“This bipartisan gun safety legislation is progress and will save lives,” Schumer said earlier this week. “While it’s not all we want, this legislation is urgently needed.”

Advancement of the gun safety bill in the Senate came just hours after the Supreme Court struck down a New York law regulating handguns concealed in public that required residents to demonstrate a specific need to carry a handgun outside the home.

– Benjamin Siegel of ABC News contributed to this report.

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