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Congress Passes Bipartisan Gun Legislation, Clearing It for Biden

Added 06-24-22 04:40:03pm EST - “The House gave final approval to the Senate-passed compromise, ending nearly three decades of congressional inaction.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Congress Passes Bipartisan Gun Legislation, Clearing It for Biden”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The House gave final approval to the Senate-passed compromise, ending nearly three decades of congressional inaction.

WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval on Friday to a bipartisan compromise intended to stop dangerous people from accessing firearms, ending nearly three decades of congressional inaction over how to counter gun violence and toughen the nation’s gun laws.

The House approved the measure 234 to 193 one month to the day after a gunman stormed into an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and used a semiautomatic rifle to kill 19 children and two teachers, sparking outrage across the country and a flurry of negotiations on Capitol Hill. The measure now heads to President Biden, who is expected to sign it.

“This bipartisan legislation will help protect Americans,” he said in a statement on Thursday evening. “Kids in schools and communities will be safer because of it.”

Galvanized by the horror of the Texas shooting, as well as a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket that left 10 Black people dead in May, lawmakers struck a deal that fell far short of the sweeping gun control measures Democrats have long demanded but was more expansive than the steps that Republicans have been willing to consider in the past given their hostility to any step that might curb access to guns.

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