Congress Passes Gun Control Package, Heads to Biden for Signature


Congress passed the most extensive federal gun restrictions in decades on Friday, sending it to Brandon’s desk for a signature.

The Senate had passed the $13 billion legislation and sent it to the House late Thursday night with a 65-33 vote, thanks to 15 RINOs joining them voting in favor.

The House approved it by a 234-193 margin, with 14 Republicans joining all Democrats to vote “yay.”

The package includes extra funding for states that enact red flag laws, enhances background checks for gun buyers under 21-years-old, and close a loophole that allowed convicted domestic abusers to still have access to guns if they were unmarried and have no children. It also adds extra penalties to some gun-related crimes and provides funding for various mental health services.

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Brandon is anxious to sign the bill, leaving no question that he will.

“Tonight, after 28 years of inaction, bipartisan members of Congress came together to heed the call of families across the country and passed legislation to address the scourge of gun violence in our communities,” Brandon said in a statement after the Senate approved the bill on Thursday evening. “Families in Uvalde and Buffalo — and too many tragic shootings before — have demanded action. And tonight, we acted.”

The 15 Senate Republicans who crossed party lines were Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Richard Burr, Shelley Moore Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Joni Ernst, Lindsey Graham, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Thom Tillis, Pat Toomey, Todd Young, and Roy Blunt.

The House Republicans who voted in favor include Reps. John Katko, Fred Upton, Brian Fitzpatrick, Maria Elvira Salazar, Steve Chabot, Michael R. Turner, David Joyce, Anthony Gonzalez, Peter Meijer, and Adam Kinzinger.

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