Senate passes bipartisan gun safety bill

The Senate approved the bipartisan gun safety bill by 65-33 late Thursday night.

Fifteen Republicans voted with all the Democrats in the room to pass the bill. Republican leader Mitch McConnell endorsed the final section, as expected.

Republicans who supported the measure were Senators Richard Burr, Roy Blunt, Shelley Moore Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Joni Ernst, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Tom Telles, Pat Tommy and Todd Young .

The package is the first major part of federal gun reform in nearly 30 years.

The House will need to pass the measure before it can be signed into law, and the bill could be considered as early as Friday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, has promised “quickly” to bring the gun safety package to the ground as soon as it passes the Senate, “so we can send it to President Biden’s office.”

Earlier Thursday, the Senate voted to halt debate on a gun safety bill that was drafted amid an alarming escalation of shootings across the United States.

Fifteen Republicans sided with all fifty members of the Democratic caucus to remove the procedural hurdle, and set the House on the path to passing the legislation.

The Republicans who voted to advance the legislation are Senators McConnell, Burr, Collins, Cornyn, Graham, Romney, Telles, Tommy Young, Blunt, Moore Capito, Portman, Ernst, Cassidy and Murkowski.

Senate rules generally require an additional 30 hours of debate after a clot vote, but Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he wants unanimous approval to reject that requirement and hold a final vote on Thursday.

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

“The bill throws emergency supplemental federal spending on states to encourage implementation of red flag laws and dramatically increases funding for many other grant programs, but the bill’s vague language contains insufficient protection barriers to ensure that money actually goes toward keeping guns out of reach of criminals. or prevent mass violence,” House Republican Representative Webmaster Webb Steve Scalise wrote in a memo to Republican lawmakers obtained by ABC News.

The sun rises over the dome of the US Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 9, 2022.

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Key aspects of the legislation include expanded federal background checks for buyers under the age of 21, financial incentives for states to pass “red flag” laws and other intervention programs and the closing of the so-called “friend loop.”

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office announced Wednesday that the bill comes in at $13.2 billion. According to the office, the bill will be paid in full by delaying once again the Trump-era ban on prescription drug cuts at Medicare.

Both Schumer and Senate Minority Leader McConnell, R-Kentucky, support the legislation — drafted by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the weeks following the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Ovaldi, Texas.

“This bipartisan gun safety legislation is progress and will save lives,” Schumer said earlier this week. And while that’s not all we want, this legislation is sorely needed.”

The Senate’s passage of the gun safety bill comes on the same day that the Supreme Court struck down a law in New York regulating concealed handguns in public spaces where mandated residents show a specific need to carry a handgun outside the home.

Benjamin Segel of ABC News contributed to this report.

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