Republican senators are receiving backlash after they voted with Democrats on a gun deal.
The 80-page bipartisan gun safety bill advanced in a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, and it could be approved this week.
The lawmakers only received roughly an hour before they voted on the bill after its text was unveiled, per The Hill.
Below are the lawmakers who voted for it:
- Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
- Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)
- Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
- Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
- Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
- Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
- Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
- Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)
- Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.)
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) called out the lawmakers, writing on Twitter, “I can’t express the damage these Republican Senators have done.”
I can’t express the damage these Republican Senators have done. pic.twitter.com/0hHQXt4TAJ
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) June 22, 2022
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) June 18, 2022
According to House Chronicle political reporter Jeremy Wallace, the Republican Party of Texas voted on a resolution to rebuke the Texas senator and other Republicans for their vote on the gun deal.
Check it out:
“I think we do need to rebuke those who would collaborate to take away our rights,” said Dave Gebhart, a Republican delegate who drafted the resolution.
Another delegate says the 10 Republican Senators are making “dirty deals with the Democrats.” pic.twitter.com/UoKzjd2TAT
— Jeremy Wallace (@JeremySWallace) June 18, 2022
The legislation, “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” includes “expanded background checks for gun buyers under 21, provides grants for states that implement their own red flag laws and offers additional funding for both school safety measures and mental health services,” Fox News reports.
Some Republican votes for the bill are expected in the House, but not many, per The Washington Post’s Marianna Sotomayor and Mike DeBonis.
Pelosi wrote in a statement in response to the bipartisan legislation, “After the Senate passes this bill, the House will swiftly bring it to the Floor so that we can send it to President Biden’s desk.”
It would be expected that President Joe Biden would sign the legislation if it made it to his desk.
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