U.S. Congress sends Trump resolution condemning white supremacy

Added On September 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Congress on Tuesday sent White House a resolution condemning white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups following a white-nationalist rally that turned into deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.

The House backed the resolution by a voice vote Tuesday, one day after the Senate's voice voting in favor with little fanfare.

The resolution is now presented to U.S. President Donald Trump, who has been widely criticized after he blamed "both sides" for the Charlottesville violence as well as his suggestion that some "very fine people" were among the white-nationalist marchers.

In the resolution, U.S. lawmakers urge Trump to denounce "White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups."

It calls the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer a "domestic terrorist attack," recognizing she was killed with another 19 injured after a car allegedly driven by a neo-Nazi slammed into a crowd of demonstrators protesting the rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.

The resolution also calls on the Trump administration to "use all resources available" to improve data collection on hate crimes and "address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States."

The bill was negotiated on a bipartisan basis by Virginia's congressional delegation.