Sep 12, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Congress sends resolution condemning white supremacists to Trump

Sen. Tim Kaine visits a makeshift memorial where Heather Heyer was killed. Photo: Julia Rendleman / AP

The House approved a bipartisan measure Tuesday evening that "rejects white nationalism, white supremacy, and neo-Nazism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States" and urges President Trump to "speak out against hate groups." The Senate approved it Monday evening.

Next up: Trump's desk.

The big picture: Such gestures are typically symbolic, but the Charlottesville measure is a joint resolution. With a signature, the president would officially condemn hate groups — a move he made only halfheartedly in the days after Charlottesville. He'd also be labeling Heather Heyer's death a "domestic terror attack," per the language in the resolution.

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