Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a bipartisan bill on gun violence.
The move potentially wins congressional approval this week in an incremental but notable package that would stand as Congress’s response to the mass shootings in Texas and New York that rocked the nation.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, predicted Senate approval later this week with approval from the Democrat-led House likely to follow quickly.
It would make background checks more difficult for younger gun buyers and increase spending on mental health and school safety programs, and ban gun ownership by romantic partners convicted of domestic abuse.
Lawmakers released the 80-page bill nine days after agreeing on a framework for the plan and 29 years after Congress last enacted major restrictions on firearms.
He cleared an initial procedural hurdle 64-34, with 14 Republicans joining 48 Democrats and two allied independents in voting yes.
Although Republicans blocked the tougher restrictions requested by Democrats, the deal marks an election-year breakthrough on an issue that pits staunch rural GOP voters and gun owners against urban supporters of gun restrictions. fire from the Democrats.
That makes it one of the most incendiary culture war battlegrounds in politics and a sensitive vote for some lawmakers, particularly Republicans who might antagonize Second Amendment stalwarts.
Momentum in Congress for gun legislation has a history of flagging rapidly after mass shootings. Lawmakers are scheduled to begin a two-week recess this weekend.