Congress finally agreed on something, but it wasn’t health care or tax reform

Congress finally agreed on something, but it wasn’t health care or tax reform
Congress passed a joint resolution Tuesday urging President Donald Trump to denounce the white nationalism and violence of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Update, 5:10 p.m. 9/13/17: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the president would “absolutely” sign the resolution once he receives it.

Late Tuesday night, Congress overwhelmingly passed a joint resolution for President Donald Trump to denounce white nationalism and the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia — even though he’s already done so.

Here’s the full resolution. The main points:

  • Condemning the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Recognizing the first responders who lost their lives while monitoring the events. Two  Virginia State Police officers died in a helicopter crash patrolling the events.
  • Offering deepest condolences to the families and friends of those individuals who were killed and deepest sympathies and support to those individuals who were injured by the violence. Heather Heyer died and 19 others were injured in the violence.
  • Rejecting white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups

Those all seem like reasonable requests. But, they sound familiar…

Donald Trump, Aug. 14 at the White House: “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” 

Well, it’s something, right?

At least Congress is doing something. Hopefully, they can find as much common ground on the crucial legislative issues they’re facing as they did on telling the president to rehash things he’s already said.

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