On Tuesday, Congress passed a bipartisan resolution condemning white supremacy.
Now, all it needs is President Donald Trump’s signature.
The measure calls for Trump to “speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy,” according to Politico and for Trump’s administration “to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”
The resolution was aimed not only at sending a message to the American people but sending a very pointed message at Trump.
Though resolutions are often passed to offer the sense of the House or Senate on various issues, they rarely head to the president for consideration. But backers of this measure structured it as a “joint resolution,” a move ensuring that passage would require Trump to weigh in on an issue that has dogged his presidency for weeks.
Lawmakers are now encouraging Trump to sign it ASAP. So far, the White House has not made if clear if Trump plans to do so.
Tonight the House passed my resolution condemning hate groups & the Charlottesville attack. POTUS should send a clear message & sign it ASAP
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) September 12, 2017
— Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) September 12, 2017