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Top Senate negotiators agreed on details of a long-awaited gun bill on Tuesday as they seek action in the wake of recent mass shootings.
A group comprising the Senses. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Thom Tillis, RN.C., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, completed work on the text of a bill on Tuesday, Cornyn said . on the floor of the Senate.
Those four were part of a larger group including 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats who agreed to a framework earlier this month. Speaking on the Senate floor late Tuesday afternoon, Cornyn said he thinks when those senators see the bill, they “will see that the text supports those principles.”
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“I understand the text will be released at any time,” Cornyn said.
Tuesday’s breakthrough came after negotiators battled multiple hurdles during their negotiations.
Details of who would be banned from owning a gun to close the “boyfriend loophole” on perpetrators of domestic violence, and details of how the federal government would encourage state red flag laws, have led to delays last week.
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Then, after being optimistic about the bill’s release on Monday, a last-second stall on the Hyde Amendment seemed to push release a little longer.
But with the July 4 suspension and senators eager to take action before leaving town, the senators have finally agreed on all the details and are ready to release the text, Cornyn said.
The bill’s passage will depend on whether the 10 Senate Republicans who accepted the framework are satisfied with the details of the final bill and whether others join them.
It will likely be until later this week or the weekend before the bill is approved by the Senate, if it has the votes to pass.
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It’s unclear whether the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives will be able to pass the bill before July 4, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said her members would do so even if the Senate bill does not go as planned. as much as Democrats want.
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