House Votes To Denounce White Supremacist Groups

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning white supremacists, hate groups and neo-Nazis on Tuesday, one month after the violent attacks that broke out at a protest organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va.

The measure calls President Donald Trump and the members of his administration to “use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups” and offers lawmakers’ condolences and sympathies to the family members of those killed and those injured during the outburst of violence at the rally. 

The bipartisan resolution recognized the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counter protester, who was killed by a car driven by an alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer, who injured an additional 19 individuals with his vehicle. The resolution also highlighted the heroism of Virginia State Police Troopers Berke Bates and Lt. Jay Cullen, who died in a helicopter crash while patrolling the events.

The joint resolution — spearheaded by Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republican Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Johnny Isakson of Georgia — unanimously passed the Senate Monday.

Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville was met with bipartisan backlash. A number of lawmakers slammed the president for doubling down on comments that both sides were responsible for the violence that took place.

Shortly after the attacks, Trump repeatedly took to social media to dismiss allegations he has failed to denounce racism and hate groups.

The measure will now head to the president’s desk for signature.

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