The House of Representatives has passed a law that allocates more federal funds to prevent domestic terrorism in response to the racist massacre in Buffalo, New York.
Voting on Wednesday night took place along party lines, 222-203, for one Republican, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. The House of Representatives took a similar measure in 2020, only to keep it in the Senate. But Democrats are pushing for a broader federal focus on domestic terrorism because they lack support in the Senate to advance into gun control law.
Many Republican lawmakers opposed stepping up the Justice Department’s efforts to monitor internal surveillance.
“Since we took September 11 seriously, we need to take it seriously. It’s an internal form of the same terrorism that killed innocent New Yorkers, and now it’s an attack in Buffalo and many other places. ” said Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois, who is sponsoring an identical bill in the Senate.