The Senate voted Thursday to chop off debate on a gun security invoice crafted amid a disturbing uptick in shootings throughout the U.S.
Fifteen Republicans sided with all 50 members of the Democratic caucus to clear the procedural hurdle, setting the chamber on a path to go the laws by the top of the week. If cleared by Congress, the package deal would be the first main piece of federal gun reform in virtually 30 years.
Republicans who voted to advance the laws on Thursday had been Sens. 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 guidelines usually require 30 extra hours of debate after the cloture vote, however Majority Leader Chuck Schumer mentioned he wished to get unanimous settlement to dismiss that requirement and maintain a closing vote on Thursday.
It’s unclear if such a transfer could be supported by Republicans. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota mentioned a few of his colleagues have amendments to the invoice they need to be thought-about first.
The House might want to go the measure earlier than it may be signed into regulation.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., promised to “swiftly” carry the gun security package deal to the ground as soon as it passes the Senate, “so that we can send it to President Biden’s desk.”
On Wednesday, House Republicans inspired members to vote in opposition to the gun security package deal.
“The bill throws emergency supplemental federal spending at states to encourage implementation of red flag laws and dramatically increases funding for numerous other grant programs, but the bill’s vague language contains insufficient guardrails to ensure that the money is actually going towards keeping guns out of the hands of criminals or preventing mass violence,” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise’s workplace wrote in a memo to Republican lawmakers obtained by ABC News.
Key features of the laws embody expanded federal background checks for consumers beneath the age of 21, monetary incentives for states to go “red flag” legal guidelines and different intervention packages and shutting the so-called “boyfriend loophole.”
The invoice comes with a $13.2 billion price ticket, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office introduced on Wednesday. According to the workplace, the invoice shall be totally paid for by as soon as once more delaying a Trump-era ban on prescription drug rebates in Medicare.
Both Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are backing the laws — which was hammered out by a bipartisan group of lawmakers within the weeks after the tragic capturing at an elementary college in Uvalde, Texas.
“This bipartisan gun-safety legislation is progress and will save lives,” Schumer mentioned earlier this week. “While it is not everything we want, this legislation is urgently-needed.”
The gun security invoice’s development within the Senate got here simply hours after the Supreme Court struck down a New York law regulating hid handguns in public that mandated residents show a particular want to hold a handgun exterior of the house.
– ABC News’ Benjamin Siegel contributed to this report.