Congress approves bill condemning white supremacy, Charlottesville violence

The bill, which is in large part a response to the president's blaming of "both sides" for the Charlottesville violence, will be presented to Trump for his signature or veto.
By Harry Marcolis | Sep 13, 2017
By unanimous consent, both houses of Congress have approved a resolution condemning the white nationalist violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month and specifically calling on President Trump to speak out against racist hate groups.

The bill, which is in large part a response to the president's blaming of "both sides" for the Charlottesville violence, will be presented to Trump for his signature or veto. The president also said there were some "very fine people" among the white nationalist rally goers.

The joint resolution brands the killing of counter-protester Heather Heyer at the Charlottesville rally a "domestic terror attack" and condemns "White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups," according to The Washington Post.

The Senate version of the bill was introduced by Virginia Democrats Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine. The House version was introduced by Reps. Thomas Garrett (R-Va.) and Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.).

"The first thing it's going to do is give some real comfort for these families," said Kaine Tuesday in reference to the deaths in Charlottesville of Heather Heyer and two Virginia state troopers, in the Post report. "No. 2, I think it's great for [Democrats and Republicans] to be able to make a moral call that white supremacy's not acceptable, and I want the president to have to sign it."

Connolly said in a statement Tuesday that the House "spoke in one unified voice" to condemn the racist, hate-filled violence in Charlottesville.

"I hope this bipartisan action will help heal the wounds left in the aftermath of this tragedy and send a clear message to those that seek to divide our country that there is no place for hate and violence," Connolly said.

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