A resolution in the state legislature of Tennessee condemning neo-Nazis and other white supremacists failed after its sponsor withdrew the measure from consideration, the second time the measure has died in the past month.
The resolution, sponsored by House Republican Caucus chair Ryan Williams, had the legislature “strongly denounce and oppose the totalitarian impulses, violent terrorism, xenophobic biases, and bigoted ideologies that are promoted by white nationalists and neo-Nazis.”
But Williams withdrew the bill after fellow Republicans objected, CNN reported.
The “bill’s caption was too narrow and couldn’t be amended to incorporate additional feedback gathered from our members over the past couple of days,” Williams told The Tennessean newspaper.
The measure was almost identical to a previous resolution filed by a Democratic state representative, which died in a subcommittee after 36 seconds because it did not receive a second motion for discussion.
“I still believe it is important for our General Assembly to condemn groups that support racism and hatred,” Williams told The Tennessean. “I look forward to working with members on both sides of the aisle on a future resolution which can meet the expectations of all of our House members, as well as the citizens of Tennessee.”