The House and Senate have unanimously passed a joint resolution urging President Trump to denounce racist and anti-Semitic hate groups, sending a blunt message of dissatisfaction with the president's initial, equivocal response to the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va. last month.
In a statement Tuesday, Connelly said the House "spoke in one unified voice to unequivocally condemn the shameful and hate-filled acts of violence" carried out by the white nationalists.
The House passed the resolution Tuesday evening, and the Senate passed it Monday.
A vehicle driven by a White Supremacist ran over Heather Heyer during the counter-protest rally, which led to her death.
In the days after a white nationalist rally attendee appeared to deliberately ram his vehicle into counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, Mr. Trump commented there was "blame on many sides".
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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.
The House version was introduced by Reps.
It also urged his administration to "use all available resources" to "address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the US". Mark Warner (D-Va.) had 54 co-sponsors, including 45 Democrats, seven Republicans and two independents.
Representatives for the White House did not respond immediately to an email seeking comment. The resolution, approved unanimously Monday night, recognizes a woman who was killed August 12 and 19 other people who were injured after a auto allegedly driven by a neo-Nazi slammed into a crowd of demonstrators protesting the rally in Charlottesville. Tom Garrett and Gerry Connolly with support from the entire Virginia House delegation.
According to the resolution, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Homeland Security should investigate "all acts of violence, intimidation and domestic terrorism" by white supremacists, white nationalists or associated groups and prevent them "from fomenting and facilitating additional violence". The resolution specifically describes that event as a "domestic terrorist attack".
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