May 23, 2022 07:02 UTC
  • US GOP senators vow to kill domestic terrorism bill, despite spike in hate crimes

US Republican senators are lining up against Senate-passed domestic terrorism legislation, in the wake of the racist mass shooting which killed ten people in New York last week.

According to Press TV, the House passed the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act Wednesday night to address the growing threat of white supremacists and other domestic extremist groups, just days after a gunman shot 13 people, 11 of whom are Black, at a supermarket in Buffalo.

White supremacists and hate crimes were being investigated as key motivating factors in mass shootings.

The incident prompted Democrats to push for more actions against the threat of domestic terrorism across the US.

The measure would authorize offices in the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the FBI to investigate and monitor domestic terrorism.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said he will bring the bill to the floor this week as a response to the recent killings.

Sen. Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin said at a press conference that the mass killing "was a tragic reminder of the threat posed by violent White supremacists and other far-right extremists."

Durbin said that he would circulate the Senate’s domestic terrorism bill among GOP colleagues in hope of winning their support.  

But the efforts have run into opposition from the Republicans.

Senate conservatives say empowering the federal offices to monitor domestic terrorism could easily morph into federal policing of political speech.

"I’m completely opposed to this idea that we would be giving the federal government and federal law enforcement power and authority to surveil Americans,"  said Sen. Josh Hawley.