Senate vote moves gun bill closer to reality

Senate vote moves gun bill closer to reality

The Senate advanced legislation aimed at stanching acts of mass gun violence past a key procedural hurdle Thursday, voting to close debate and move toward a final vote on a package combining modest new firearms restrictions with $15 billion in mental health and school security funding. But the May 24 killing of 19 students and two teachers inside a Uvalde, Tex., elementary school prompted renewed action, compelling a small group of senators to negotiate a narrow, bipartisan package focused on keeping guns away from dangerous potential killers while also bulking up the nation’s mental-health-care capacity with billions of dollars in new funding. The resulting Bipartisan Safer Communities Act garnered support from all 50 members of the Democratic caucus and 15 Republicans on Thursday, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who …
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