WASHINGTON – House GOP leaders said Wednesday they will formally oppose the bipartisan legislative package to combat gun violence, asking their members to vote no if it passes the Senate.
Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., And Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., Expressed their opposition to the measure, negotiated in the Senate, during a closed-door meeting with their GOP colleagues on Capitol Hill.
The legislation could pass with only Democratic votes in the House, although it is likely to receive support from a number of moderate Republicans. For example, one GOP legislator predicted that 10 to 15 Republicans from the House would defect and vote in favor of the bill, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
In a thread fan tweets Wednesday, Rep. Tony Gonzales, a Republican from Uvalde, Texas, said he would vote for the bill. It was made after the mass shooting in his neighborhood last month in which 19 children and two teachers were killed, and another in Buffalo, New York, who killed 10 people.
“I am a survivor of domestic abuse, my stiffness came home drunk and hit me and my mother. One night he decided that was not enough and shoved my mother a shotgun in the mouth. I was then 5 and not strong enough to fight off the wolves, “Gonzales tweeted, adding that the school was his sanctuary of chaos at home and he served his country in the Navy for 20 years, including in the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As a Member of Congress, he said, “it is my duty to pass laws that never violate the Constitution, while protecting the lives of the innocent. In the coming days, I look forward to voting YES on the Bipartisan Safer Community Act. “
At least 10 Republicans have signaled that they are backing the bipartisan bill, which means the legislation is expected to overcome the 60-vote filibuster in the Senate to move forward to a final vote. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., intends to hold a final vote at the end of the week before Congress leaves for a fourth July of two weeks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said after the text was released Tuesday by Senate negotiators that she plans to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote once it goes to the upper house.
Pelosi said in a statement that although more is needed to tackle gun violence, the legislation contains useful provisions.
“Communities across the country will benefit from the House Democrats’ proposals included in this package, which will help keep deadly weapons out of dangerous hands by encouraging states to draft extreme risk protection laws and by to end straw purchases, “she said. “This legislation will also move to close the ‘boyfriend loophole’, which marks strong progress in preventing known abusers from getting a firearm.”
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed legislation that included stricter gun restrictions. The House passed the Protecting Our Kids Act in a 223-204 vote, with five Republicans voting for all but two Democrats. Democratic Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon opposed the bill. The five Republicans who opposed their party were Chris Jacobs of New York, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and Adam Kinzalez of Illinois.
The Senate two-party package, which includes narrower restrictions, could attract more Republican support.
The legislation would provide “red flag” subsidies to every state, including those that do not pass red flag laws, that could be used on other crisis prevention programs designed to prevent individuals in crisis from using violence, Sen said. . John Cornyn of Texas, the chief GOP negotiator.
The boyfriend loophole and red flag facilities were the last two major sticking points among the core senators: Cornyn; Chris Murphy, D-Conn .; Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz ,; and Thom Tillis RN.C.
The bill also improves background checks for people ages 18 to 21, Murphy said, allowing for a maximum of three days of checks, and an additional 10 days if there are signs of concern. He said it would impose stricter penalties on arms trafficking and “explain” what vendors must register as a federal firearms license holder, which would force them to conduct background checks. And he said the bill would expand money for mental health and health at school.
The National Rifle Association quickly announced its opposition to the bill, arguing in a Tuesday statement that the legislation “does not do much to actually tackle violent crime, while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of the second amendment freedom by law enforcement gun owners. “
This is the closest Congress has come in nearly 10 years to passing important legislation to tackle gun violence. Following the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Sens. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Signed a deal on background checks, but it was defeated in 2013.