The Democratic Party seems to be getting more and more divided by the day. House Democrats were celebrating the passage of a new gun control bill, however Republicans attached an amendment to the bill and gained 26 Democrat votes in the House which gave them a 220-206 win on the bill.
The House voted Wednesday on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. The bill would expand background checks to include all gun sales, rather than just sales by licensed gun dealers as under current law.
Republicans in the minority countered with an amendment to require that federal officials notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement whenever a lawful or unlawful immigrant tried to illegally purchase a firearm. That measure, opposed by most Democrats, was voted down when the bill was still in the House Judiciary Committee.When Democratic leadership brought H.R. 8 to the full floor for a vote, Republicans made a motion to recommit the bill with the ICE amendment, usually a last-ditch symbolic action taken by the minority party with little chance of success. But in a surprising development, the motion passed 220-209, with 26 Democrats joining the Republicans.This result was a major embarrassment for the Democratic Party. Check out what Jake Sherman said on Twitter.
WOW … Another huge floor embarrassment for Democrats: House Republicans are about to win yet another motion to recommit. This time on gun legislation.
vote not gaveled yet. But house Dems are having BIG trouble keeping their troops together.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) 27 февраля 2019 г.
Pretty embarrassing. The Democrats have total control of the House, yet Republicans were able to get their version of the bill through by getting 26 Democrats on their side. Just more proof that the Democratic Party is more divided than ever.
220-209, House Republicans win a «motion to recommit» to amend the gun bill to ensure ICE knows when an undocumented immigrant tries to buy a gun.
Awkward defeat for Democratic leaders, who pushed for a NO vote; 26 Democrats voted YES anyway.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) 27 февраля 2019 г.
The main issue that Republicans wanted to address in the bill was the issue of illegal immigrants. Republicans wanted ICE to be notified if an illegal immigrant had a weapon. Being the party who will do anything to defend illegal immigrants, Democrat leaders urged their members to vote against the Republicans amendment.
Surprising development out of the House. Dems are moving a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers. Republicans proposed to send the bill back to add language targeting undocumented immigrants.
26 Dems voted with Republicans to pass it — a big embarrassment for the party
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) 27 февраля 2019 г.
The passage of the ICE amendment represents only the second successful motion to recommit since May 2010. Republicans also successfully cajoled Democrats into passing a motion to recommit earlier this month with a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. The National Republican Congressional Committee telegraphed then that the vote would force Democrats to adopt other motions, arguing, “Democrats can no longer claim that these types of votes are merely procedural and not substantive.”
The final bill, complete with the ICE notification requirement, passed the House 10 minutes later with a vote of 240-190. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) told reporters that the successful Republican tactic was a surprise, but called it “incidental” to the “historic” bill’s passage.
The Democratic Party is more divided than ever. We have radical Democrats (or should I say socialists) who are straying way too far Left and then we have the moderate Democrats who will do what they feel is best, even if that means agreeing with the other side of the isle. This growing division in the Democratic party is not good news for them in regards to the 2020 election!