15 Republicans back Democrat gun bill in US Senate, breaking decades-long impasse

15 Republicans back Democrat gun bill in US Senate, breaking decades-long impasse

15 Republicans back Democrat gun bill in US Senate, breaking decades-long impasse By Alan Fram Washington: The Senate easily approved a bipartisan gun violence bill Thursday that seemed unthinkable a month ago, setting up final approval of what will be Congress’ most far-reaching response in decades to the nation’s run of brutal mass shootings. After years of procedural delays that derailed Democratic efforts to curb firearms, Democrats and 15 Republicans decided that congressional inaction was untenable after last month’s rampages in New York and Texas. It took weeks of closed-door talks but bargainers from both parties emerged with a compromise embodying incremental but impactful movement to curb bloodshed that has come to regularly shock — yet no longer surprise — the nation. The $US13 billion ($18 billion) measure would toughen …
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