The House of Representatives voted Friday night to ban assault weapons, sending the bill to the Senate where it is not expected to advance.
The final vote was 217-213.
Democrats Henry Cuellar of Texas, Jared Golden of Maine, Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Vicente Gonzalez of Texas and Kurt Schrader of Oregon voted against the ban. Republicans Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Chris Jacobs of New York voted for the bill.
While the legislation is unlikely to garner the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate, many House Democrats have cited a series of recent mass shootings involving such firearms as a pressing reason to ban them.
“Today, our Democratic majority will pass and pass the Assault Weapons Ban legislation: a critical step in our continued fight against the deadly epidemic of gun violence in our country,” Pelosi said in a letter to the United States. members of his caucus before the vote. .
Friday’s vote came as progressives, moderates and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are divided on how to handle the police funding component of a broader public safety package, which was not included in Friday’s voting round. As negotiations on the proposal continue, sources said, senior negotiators hoped to settle both issues in the hope of having a vote on both packages as early as Friday.
Moderate and vulnerable Democrats had been pushing 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 break beginning Friday night. Pelosi could call lawmakers back to town before September for specific circumstances, which she likely would if Senate Democrats pass a separate climate change and prescription drug pricing bill 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 floor of the House 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 in 1994, which expired in 2004.
Earlier this year, Congress passed a bipartisan gun violence bill that was 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. He 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 loophole, a victory for Democrats, who have long fought for it.
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During a hearing Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee, the CEOs of two major gunmakers were questioned by lawmakers about their sales of AR-15-style weapons, which have been used in many many of the deadliest mass shootings in the country.
“This is an ultra-lethal weapon, designed to kill enemy soldiers on the battlefield,” said committee chair, 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, ‘attacking’ masculinity young men and run ads that mimic video games.
This story and headline were updated with additional developments on Friday.