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Senate passes historic gun safety legislation, now heads to House 

Fifteen Republican senators joined Democrats in passing the biggest gun safety package in three decades Thursday night, delivering a rare moment of bipartisanship on a politically divisive issue and a much-needed win for President Joe Biden. The Senate ultimately passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act 65-33 after nearly two months of passionate floor debates, poignant hearings and the influence of actor Matthew McConaughey. The bill’s passage was a massive shift in a Republican Party that has always been a firewall against any attempts to restrict gun rights. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said late Thursday in a statement to members the bipartisan gun legislation would go to the rules committee first thing Friday morning and then “we will head immediately to the floor” for final passage, despite House GOP leaders encouraging their members to vote against it. The gun legislation could reach Biden’s desk later in the day Friday.

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