House sends resolution urging Trump to condemn white supremacists

Senate prods Trump to move against white supremacist groups

Senate prods Trump to move against white supremacist groups

Just a day after the Senate unanimously passed a joint resolution condemning the acts violence and domestic terrorism by white supremacists and neo-Nazis over the weekend of August 11 in Charlottesville, Virginia, the House of Representatives unanimously passed it by a voice vote Tuesday evening.

The resolution formally condemns "the racist violence and domestic terrorist attack" in Charlottesville, where a auto suspected of being driven by a white supremacist sympathizer rammed into a vehicle full of counter-demonstrators.

The resolution was backed in the House by Virginia Reps.

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The resolution expresses "support for the Charlottesville community, rejecting white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups, and urging the president and the president's cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups".

Trump faced backlash for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, saying that violence existed on "both sides" at the rally. Thomas Garrett, R-Va., and Gerald Connolly, D-Va., and co-sponsored by the other members of the Virginia House delegation.

The authors of the legislation purposefully introduced it as a joint resolution, which is sent for a president's signature, rather than as a simple or concurrent resolution, which are not.

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Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, of Virginia, had introduced the measure along with four colleagues from both parties.

"The United States Congress has spoken up with one voice to recognize the lives of those we lost, to unconditionally condemn racist speech and violence, and to denounce the white nationalists, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and other hate groups", said the Senators in a statement sent to PoliticusUSA upon the passing of the joint resolution. The White House, however, will not immediately commit to signing it. The resolution also said the House strongly condemns racism, as well as "intimidation, and violence by all groups - regardless of their political affiliation or political motivation".

The resolution describes Heather Heyer's death as a "domestic terrorist attack" and acknowledges two Virginia state troopers who died in a helicopter crash while monitoring the protests.

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