The House will vote on banning assault weapons Separating packages on gun control and policing laws that had been intertwined Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Friday after talks broke down among different factions of the House Democrats. House, preventing leaders from being able to pass bills together.
Although the House may pass the bill, the ban is unlikely to make progress in the Senate, where most bills must garner 60 votes to overcome an obstruction. Yet many Democrats cited a series of recent mass shootings involving such firearms as a compelling reason to ban them.
“Today, our Democratic majority will pass and pass the Assault Weapons Ban legislation: a critical step in our ongoing fight against the deadly epidemic of gun violence in our country,” Pelosi said in a letter. to his caucus members.
Friday’s vote comes as progressives, moderates and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are divided on how to handle the funding component of the police of a broader set of public safety, which will no longer be included in Friday’s round of voting. As negotiations on this continue, sources said, senior negotiators were hoping to settle the two issues in the hope of having a vote on both packages as early as Friday.
Moderate and vulnerable Democrats had pushed for a vote on police legislation before leaving town in an effort to refute GOP attacks on police funding, but CBC members had concerns and argued pressure for a language of responsibility.
The deal to combine the two pieces of legislation was reached late Thursday night and was negotiated between Pelosi, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty of Ohio and moderate Democratic Representative Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey. But other members of the black and progressive congressional caucuses were frustrated that they were left out, which ultimately explains why Democratic leaders decided to split the bills.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus held a meeting on Friday morning and sources say many were frustrated at not having equal bargaining power.
“It was supposed to happen in several weeks to give us time to negotiate tougher police accountability measures,” a staffer at a CBC member told CNN. “Then they offered us this deal in the middle of the night with no hearings, committees or time for members to read the text let alone debate.”
Asked about the disagreement by CNN, Beatty denied there were any issues within her caucus.
“There is no disappointment with the Congressional Black Caucus,” she said. “We have a big tent. And what I’m most proud of is that we were able to go today and play a leadership role. Look where we were 48 hours ago.
She added: “There was no failure here.”
The House is expected to leave Washington for a month-long recess beginning Friday afternoon. Pelosi could call lawmakers back to town before September for specific circumstances, which she likely would do if Senate Democrats pass a separate bill on climate change and prescription drug pricing in the coming weeks.
House Democrats held an open procedural vote for more than an hour on Friday as Pelosi, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Gottheimer and others huddled on the House floor to negotiate. Ultimately, news broke during the vote that the leaders were splitting the package.
The United States had previously implemented a ban on assault-type weapons for the first time in 1994, which expired in 2004.
Earlier this year, Congress passed a bipartisan bill to address gun violence it amounted to the first major federal gun safety legislation in decades. The legislation provided millions of dollars for mental health, school safety, crisis intervention programs and incentives for states to include minors’ records in the nation’s instant criminal background check system. It also made significant changes to the process when someone between the ages of 18 and 21 goes to buy a gun and closes the so called boyfriend escapea victory for the Democrats, who have long fought for it.
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At a hearing Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee, the CEOs of two major gunmakers in the face of questions from legislators about their sales of AR-15 type weaponswhich were used in many of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings.
“This is an ultra-lethal weapon, designed to kill enemy soldiers on the battlefield,” said committee chairwoman, Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York. “Yet the gun industry has flooded our neighborhoods, our schools, and even our churches and synagogues with these deadly weapons and enriched themselves doing so.”
The committee also released the findings of its investigation, which alleges that gunmakers selling assault rifles have used questionable marketing tactics, including appealing to white supremacists, ‘preying’ on masculinity young men and run ads that mimic video games.
This story was updated with additional developments on Friday.