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Schumer fails to get gun bill passed

May 26, 2022 2:03 pm

Thomas Franck reports for CNBC that New York-based Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer failed to pass legislation introduced after the mass shooting of Blacks at a grocery store in Buffalo, two days after a mass shooting of elementary school children in Texas. Schumer "pleaded with his Republican colleagues on Wednesday to consider the bill," Franck wrote, but to no avail. The vote on the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act was 47-47, with the Senate's odd rules favoring the minority by requiring 60 votes to pass the legislation. On May 18 the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the bill 222-203 with Democrats Paul Tonko, Sean Maloney, and Antonio Delgado on the record in favor, and Republican Elise Stefanik voting against. Delgado did not actually vote for the bill, as he turned over his vote on May 10 to Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse, claiming he was "unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency." Delgado resigned May 25 to become New York's lieutenant governor, without announcing any COVID-19 infection. While Schumer was ineffective in passing legislation to slow the spate of mass shootings, on May 25 he did block a Republican bill he said, that "could see more guns in schools." The Luke and Alex School Safety Act that Schumer blocked was about collecting data to increase the presence of law enforcement on school campuses. "The truth: There were officers at the school in Texas," Schumer tweeted. "The shooter got past them. We need real solutions—We will vote on gun legislation starting with the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act." And that vote failed. Read more about this story at the CNBC website.

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