Senate Republicans banded together to stop a domestic terrorism bill introduced by Senate Democrats following the shooting in Buffalo, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Republicans blocked debate by failing to reach the 60 vote threshold to beat the Senate filibuster rule.
The bill would have created offices within the FBI, the DOJ, and Homeland Security and would have required coordination between the agencies.
Along with that it would have required regular reporting on domestic terror threats.
The report further explained:
Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) and other Republicans have said they oppose the bill because they fear it would expand the government’s ability to monitor citizens’ speech and track them.
“I think that’s dangerous,” Mr. Hawley said. “It’s like the disinformation board all over again,” he said, referring to a new initiative to combat online disinformation that the Department of Homeland Security paused work on earlier this month, following criticism from conservatives and free-speech advocates that it had Orwellian overtones. “I mean, that’s really what it is. But worse, it’s in legislation now,” Mr. Hawley said.
Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said he was opposed to a provision that would establish an interagency task force to combat white supremacist infiltration in the armed services and law enforcement.
“This bill would more accurately be called the Democrat plan to brand and insult our police and soldiers as white supremacists and neo-Nazis,” Mr. Paul said.
The FBI came under scrutiny earlier in Biden’s presidency for investigating parents who disagreed with local school boards as domestic terrorists.
None of those investigations found any evidence of domestic terrorism, just concerned parents.