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The House Judiciary Committee will reportedly meet in emergency session Thursday
for the Democratic majority to mark up a series of gun control bills in the wake of the mass shootings in
Buffalo, New York,
and Uvalde, Texas.

Democrats want to vote on gun control and campaign on GOP opposition to it
as the nation is still roiling from the shocking murders of 19 elementary school children and two teachers in Texas by a deranged gunman last week.
They have introduced eight bills related to the issue and are calling their omnibus legislation the “Protecting Our Kids Act.”

 

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The majority of House Republicans voted against the Protecting Our Kids Act introduced by Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York

Party leaders agreed to break up the bill and vote by separate provisions to retain bipartisan support, according to The Hill.
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Republican Reps.
Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania,
Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio,
Chris Jacobs of New York,
Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
Fred Upton of Michigan
joined Democrats in voting to pass the bill.

H. R. 7910
Text - H.R.7910 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): Protecting Our Kids Act
DateActions Overview
06/08/2022Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 223 - 204 (Roll no. 245).
06/06/2022Committee on Ways and Means discharged.
06/06/2022Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 117-346, Part I.
05/31/2022Introduced in House
 

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Ten Republican senators appear ready to answer pleas from anguished relatives of recent mass shootings to "do something" by defying their own party's dogma on gun reforms.

The group struck a deal with Democrats on Sunday that could lead to more spending on mental health care, school security, extra scrutiny of young gun buyers and incentives to states to temporarily confiscate weapons from those deemed a threat.

The biggest question now is whether the 10 Republicans will stand firm and help push the measure through the Senate despite what are likely to be delaying and obstruction tactics by their colleagues.
There are two weeks until the next congressional recess. If a bill doesn't pass before then, there is a real risk that GOP senators returning home will come under extreme pressure to walk back their support for the package.

The group includes
Sens. Cornyn,
Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina,
Roy Blunt of Missouri,
Bill Cassidy of Louisiana,
Susan Collins of Maine,
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina,
Rob Portman of Ohio,
Mitt Romney of Utah
Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Of the 10, Burr, Blunt, Portman and Toomey are not seeking reelection in 2022 so are somewhat shielded from a direct backlash by conservative anti-gun reform advocates.
Cassidy, Tillis, Graham, Cornyn and Collins have meanwhile just been reelected so don't have to worry about primaries until 2026.
Analysis: Senate compromise on guns is a real breakthrough -- yet a tenuous and modest step
 

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Top Senate negotiators Tuesday agreed to the details of a much-anticipated gun bill and released its text as they seek to take action in the wake of recent mass shootings.

A group including
Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas,
Chris Murphy, D-Conn.,
Thom Tillis, R-N.C.,
Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.,
completed work on the text of a bill Tuesday, Cornyn said on the Senate floor. The senators' offices released it shortly thereafter.

"Today, we finalized bipartisan, commonsense legislation
to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country,"
they said in a statement.
"Our legislation will save lives and will not infringe on any law-abiding American’s Second Amendment rights.
We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and passing our commonsense legislation into law."


The bill immediately garnered further bipartisan support.

"I support the bill text that Senator Cornyn and our colleagues have produced,"
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said. "For years, the far left falsely claimed that Congress could only address the terrible issue of mass murders by trampling on law-abiding Americans’ constitutional rights. This bill proves that false."

McConnell added: "Our colleagues have put together a commonsense package of popular steps that will help make these horrifying incidents less likely while fully upholding the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens."

"This bipartisan gun-safety legislation is progress and will save lives. While it is not everything we want, this legislation is urgently needed,"
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said. "I will now put this life-saving legislation on the Senate floor for a vote, with an initial procedural vote as soon as tonight and, following that, we will move to final passage as quickly as possible."

 
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