City leaders to provide update on Buffalo mass shooting investigation


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — We’ll be receiving an update on the investigation into the Tops mass shooting that killed 10 people and injured three others at 3 p.m.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia and others are scheduled to speak. Once it begins, you can watch the conference in the video player above and on WIVB.

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‘This is my city, too’: Pegulas, Roger Goodell, Jim Kelly visit Buffalo mass shooting site

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula visited the Buffalo supermarket mass shooting memorial Thursday, one day after Josh Allen and Bills players served food at the scene.

The Pegulas were joined by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a Jamestown, N.Y. native, as well as Bills legends Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith and Thurman Thomas.

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Longtime Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret and former player Pat Kaleta, an Angola, N.Y. native, were also spotted.

On Wednesday, the Bills Foundation announced a $200,000 donation to support local response efforts, along with a matching $200,000 donation from the NFL Foundation.

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Lucille Ball Comedy Festival returns for 2022

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — The National Comedy Center is ready to start laughing again in front of a live crowd.

It announced that the 2022 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will happen in August, after being canceled the past two years due to COVID-19.

Margaret Cho, Jeff Foxworthy, David Spade, Rob Schneider, and Kevin Nealon all plan to headline this year’s festival that features more than 50 live events.

A Stand-Up Comedy Showcase has also been added to the lineup to celebrate the 30th year for the live event.

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“We all need laughter after these past two years, so we’re pleased that the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is back and features some of comedy’s greatest talent: Margaret Cho, Jeff Foxworthy, Legends of SNL David Spade, Kevin Nealon and Rob Schneider, along with the best rising voices from comedy nationwide. The talent descending on Jamestown that week is remarkable,” Journey Gunderson, National Comedy Center executive director, said.

Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown hosts the event as a tribute to her life and love of laughter.

The events are scheduled from August 3-7, 2022.

National Comedy Center members get the first chance at tickets through an exclusive presale starting Wednesday, June 1 at 12 p.m. Tickets for the general public will be available Monday, June 6, at 12 p.m.


Jamestown man killed in crash involving farm tractor

HANOVER, N.Y. — A man is dead after a crash involving a pickup and a tractor.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said 76-year-old Samuel E. Restivo of Jamestown died from the serious injuries he suffered in a crash May 15.

Investigators said Restivo was driving a farm tractor on the shoulder of Alleghany Road in Hanover. They said 75-year-old Arthur R. Zynda of South Dayton didn’t see the tractor and rear-ended it.

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The impact caused Restivo to be thrown from the tractor. He later died at a hospital from his injuries.

Deputies ticketed Zynda for unsafe passing.


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Jillian Hanesworth has heard the question more than once since the horrific events of last Saturday. She is, after all, her city’s first poet laureate. It’s her stated mission to “inspire Buffalo in verse,” to lift her voice.

“A lot of people have been contacting me,” Hanesworth said Tuesday at the Open Buffalo office on Jefferson Avenue. “They ask, ‘Are you going to write about this? When are we going to hear about this?’

“I’m like, ‘You’ve just got to give me some time to sit on it and process it.'”

Three days after 10 of her Black neighbors were shot to death by an 18-year-old white supremacist at the Tops Market down the street, the horror was too fresh, the pain too immediate and profound, for Hanesworth to be moved to create.

She’s seldom at a loss for words. Jillian has read her poetry hundreds of times in public settings over the years. Later that evening, she was scheduled to recite from her poems during a memorial vigil at the corner of Jefferson and Riley, across from the shuttered Tops where those innocent lives were taken.

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But shortly after word of the murders hit on Saturday afternoon, it was right there in her tweets. There were no words to describe the sadness and shock.

The Tops Market is right down Jefferson from Open Buffalo, a non-profit that promotes racial justice and equity in the city. Hanesworth, 29, a long-time community advocate, is the director of leadership.

Out the second-floor window facing down Jefferson, you could see the market in the distance. There was yellow tape sealing off the road and the adjacent plaza. Jefferson was closed at both ends over a six-block stretch, anticipating President Biden’s visit later in the morning.

Hanesworth met with News 4 at the Open Buffalo office on Jefferson Avenue. “We have been stuck in this state of survival,” she said. “We don’t exist to survive. We can demand more. We are owed more.”

Hanesworth shopped at the Tops almost every day. She ate lunch there. She knew everyone who was killed that day, at least casually. She was close with Aaron Salter — “Salt” — the retired Buffalo cop who worked security in the market and was killed trying to stop the shooter. One of the older women who died used to babysit Jillian’s mother.

“So, there’s degrees of separation with just about everyone, though I don’t know everyone personally,” she said. “We’re family, and we survive over here together.”

The tight-knit East Side family is hurting, mourning the deaths of 10 loved ones and neighbors. Like any Black resident, Hanesworth has been dealing with feelings of grief and anger. She’s been very busy, too, suddenly popular with outside media. An hour before sitting down with WIVB, she was a national radio guest on NPR.

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“It’s been hitting me in waves,” she said. “One minute, I’ll be perfectly fine. The next minute, I will just be hysterical. Luckily, we’re going to have counselors here at Open Buffalo to talk to all the staff, because we are so close to the situation. This is our community. This community is like my baby.”

She has been jotting down her thoughts, fragments of the poem inside her. Hanesworth is a political person, an activist who wore out a bunch of sneakers marching for racial justice after the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020.

Racial justice inspired her to write her first poem when she was just 10 years old. It was called “I Too Have A Dream,” inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech. The poem was about a child growing up in a segregated world. Soon, she was being asked to read it in public. Yes, even at 10, people clamored to hear her.

After graduating from Fredonia State in 2014, Hanesworth wrote a poem after learning that Darren Wilson, the policeman who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., would not be charged with a crime.

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That poem was entitled “I Wish That Little Black Boy Did Something,” a cry out against police violence against young Black males. That launched her career. She read that poem countless times, including an appearance at the University at Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center in 2017.

She became Buffalo’s first laureate in March of 2021, inspired by 20-year-old Amanda Gorman’s poem at Biden’s inauguration. Imagine, a Black girl who looked like the people she grew up with in Buffalo, performing her poetry before the President and the world.

Gorman’s poem, “The Hill We Climb,” included these words: “Step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid … for there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.”

That message resonates today, as Buffalo reels from the worst mass shooting in the city’s history. Gorman is talking about eternal, unconquerable hope. Even in the midst of crushing sadness and dark times, a community still finds a light.

“Yeah,” Hanesworth said. “Because the people are the hope and the light. We are that. I know that as long as I have breath in my body, I’m not going to stop calling for change and accountability, calling for us to help dismantle these systemic problems. That right there is hopeful. We’re not going to stop.”

Still, it’s not easy to be “aflame and unafraid.” It’s also difficult to channel hope and anger at the same time, to see progress when a certain deranged element of the culture is indoctrinating young people with hate and lies that lead to violence.

Jillian Hanesworth is a Performing Arts grad who became Buffalo’s first poet laureate at age 28 (Image courtesy of Jillian Hanesworth)

“I think it’s a combination of anger and grief,” she said. “There is some fear. A lot of kids I’ve talked to have been really nervous about going into different grocery stores, or corner stores and gas stations.

“But I’ve watched the fear evolve into grief, and the grief is now evolving into a desire to help. I feel like as things evolve, I’ll figure out a way to make it evolve in writing as well. I don’t want to focus on hope without capturing grief. I think that would be a disservice to the community.”

“I started writing a little bit. It hasn’t come out all the way yet.”

When she spoke with WIVB a year ago, Hanesworth said that the Black community continues to get re-traumatized. It’s been a perpetual cycle for a community that came out of slavery and has suffered through continued racial injustice.

“When does it end?” she said. “People do get conditioned to that. That’s why I don’t like the ‘Buffalo Strong’ hashtag, because I don’t like the idea that we’re going to convince ourselves that being strong is more important than acknowledging the grief and acknowledging the pain.

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“I think a lot of people, especially on the East Side of Buffalo, have been forced to live in a perpetual state of survival. And it’s always something. If it’s not something with the police, it’s something in the water. If it’s not the water, it’s public health. It’s literacy, it’s crime, it’s housing.

“All of this is a symptom of poverty,” Hanesworth said. “If you’re not out here mourning the loss of our community members, you might be trying to figure out how to get to your paycheck. So we have been stuck in this state of survival. We don’t exist to survive. We can demand more. We are owed more.”

People don’t exist to survive, but they need to exist. For now, the priority is making sure the East Side feels protected and valued and that people have the things they need to get by.

“Everyone just wants to feel safe, and everyone is just doing the best they can,” she said. “A big part of what I see is people trying to find any way to help. A lady yesterday made a bunch of sandwiches at her house and just came and started feeding people. Making sure this community eats has been a huge priority, making sure they have access to food and formula and diapers.”

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“Today, a lot of our staff are out grocery shopping. We’re going to barbecue and hand out food. We’re also going through the stages of this, and trying to help each other through it.

“But when it’s time to go back we’re going back to work, and we’re going to remind people that these issues will continue to exist unless we start to organize against them. And if you want to learn how to organize against them, we’ll teach you.”

That means helping people from outside the community understand that they can help too, that everyone needs to come together to put an end to the violence and hate.

“When white people ask me ‘What can I do to help?’ I’m like, ‘You’ve got to be honest, you got to talk to the people at your dinner table and your Thanksgiving table. Talk to that uncle who makes you uncomfortable because he never takes off the MAGA hat.

“Those are the people you need to be targeting. Let us do the work to heal, and to get out of this state of survival. But you need to speak truth to power as well. Talk to your community. Stop this indoctrination. Stop people from thinking that white people are going to be outnumbered, or that it even matters.”

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There’s a lot to do, and Hanesworth keeps moving. Her friends and family urge her to make sure she eats and gets enough sleep. But her voice is supposed to inspire the people of Buffalo, and they’ve never needed it more.

On Tuesday night, there was the vigil at Jefferson and Riley. She’s waiting to hear about another vigil being organized with the hospitals. She’ll be speaking at that. Oh, and she’s scheduled to speak at UB’s EOC commencement Wednesday at Center for the Arts.

“Yeah. It’s not stopping,” she said. “I do like being busy, but I feel like being busy so much is making me feel old. I’m too tired. I feel like ‘Oh, I need a nap. My body hurts!'”

Then the poet laureate gazed out the window toward the Tops Market and talked about her dream to bring more art to the streets. What better way to restore life to a wounded city than to display the artwork of its citizens?

“We’re such an artistic community,” she said. “Something to celebrate the lives we lost, but also celebrate the life and the magic that’s within this community, that can’t be taken away. There’s certain things that you can’t kill.”

Jerry Sullivan is an award-winning journalist who joined the News 4 team in 2020 after three decades as a sports columnist at The Buffalo News. See more of his work here.


Highmark honoring mass shooting victim who worked with them for 40 years

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York has announced plans to honor one of the victims of the mass shooting and support relief efforts.

The healthcare company is making a $300,000 investment.

“We are heartbroken over the lives lost at the hands of racism and violence and pray for their families, friends, and neighbors,” said Dr. Michael Edbauer, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, said. “It is with especially heavy hearts that we remember Katherine ‘Kat’ Massey, who as our long-time colleague, dedicated four decades to serving our Blue Cross Blue Shield members.”

Massey was 72 years old. During his visit to Buffalo this past Tuesday, President Joe Biden described Massey as “a writer and an advocate who dressed up in costumes in schools, and cut the grass in the park and helped the local elections.” He called her “the glue of the family and the community.”

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Highmark is awarding a grant to a non-profit co-founded by Massey — We Are Women Warriors. The organization is “dedicated to aiding inner-city residents in socioeconomic, educational, environmental, and criminal justice,” Highmark says.

Along with this, a scholarship fund is being established for a Buffalo Public Schools student.

“Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York remains committed to supporting our community through this tragic time, while we honor the lives and legacies of those we lost,” Dr. Edbauer said. “This is particularly close to our hearts, and to our company, because Kat Massey was one of those we lost, and she worked with us for 40 years.”

Highmark is also helping by giving financial support to mental health providers in the Jefferson Avenue community, investing in the Buffalo Together Community Response Fund, and donating and distributing essential items at a number of locations on Buffalo’s east side.

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Mass shooting suspect to appear in court this morning

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The 18-year-old accused of killing 10 people and injuring three others in a mass shooting this past Saturday will be in court today at 9:30 a.m.

He has been charged with first-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. So far, no charges have been filed in federal court.

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11 of the 13 people who were shot on Saturday were Black.


Roberta Drury, 32Margus Morrison, 52Andre Mackneil, 53Aaron Salter, 55Geraldine Talley, 62Celestine Chaney, 65Heyward Patterson, 67Katherine Massey, 72Pearl Young, 77Ruth Whitfield, 86


Zaire Goodman, 20Jennifer Warrington, 50Christopher Braden, 55

Attorney Barry Covert says “We can expect that at any given time now, we will see an indictment. It will be a very comprehensive indictment. They may well be taking their time to make sure it’s comprehensive.”

This past June, the suspect underwent a mental health evaluation regarding a threat made against his high school.

If convicted, the accused shooter could spend life in prison without parole. He’s currently in the custody of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, on suicide watch.

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Evan Anstey is an Associated Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.


Newfane 20-year-old charged with manslaughter in crash that killed Lockport man

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — An indictment charging a 20-year-old Newfane man with manslaughter and other charges was unsealed Wednesday from Niagara County Court.

The indictment charges Sean F. Kelahan, 20, of Newfane with second-degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle incident without reporting, reckless driving and speeding, according to the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office.

The charges stem from a crash that killed Richard W. Howes III, 25, of Lockport in the City of Lockport on March 18.

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Around 7:45 p.m. Howes was killed after he was hit by “multiple” speeding vehicles while he was trying to cross Transit Street at High Street, according to the DA’s Office.

Kelahan was in court Wednesday morning where Judge Caroline Wojtaszek set bail at $100,000 cash and a $200,000 bond.

The Lockport Police Department investigated the crash for two months.

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.


“Stop the killing”: Buffalo community calls for change

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The 10 victims were in the hearts and minds of dozens who gathered Wednesday night for a food distribution event at the Mount Hope Community Church on Broadway.

The city is still in mourning, but neighbors are trying to lift each other up. Food distribution sites are popping up across the East Side to help residents who live in this food desert.

“Everybody’s hurting and they are hurting in different ways, so we are trying to bring that level of comfortability to them,” Senior Pastor Charles H. Walker of Mount Hope Community Church said.

As the nation watches the investigation scene on Jefferson Ave., members of this community gathered in a small church in another neighborhood on the East Side. Mount Hope Community Church partnered with the Buffalo City Mission to provide food to area residents who have lost more than one grocery store.

“[We want to] be that one stop shop where they can step out of their homes and where we can fulfill and fill that gap of the food desert,” Aubrey Calhoun, Executive Director and CEO of the Buffalo City Mission, added.

Pastor Walker says the community had a Tops on Broadway and Bailey Ave., but it was closed three years ago. There has been nothing to take its place, so residents had to travel three miles to the Tops on Jefferson Ave. Now that is closed temporarily.

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The Mission is taking donations not only to help families in the Masten Park and Kingsley neighborhoods, but to help all residents on the East Side who shopped at that Tops.

“People are stepping up and just stepping out of their comfort zone to help a neighbor or fellow in need and that’s what Buffalo is all about,” Calhoun continued.

One resident said she traveled to Cheektowaga to get groceries.

“I had to catch the bus and then I’m watching and seeing who on the bus look strange. You don’t know who is what. Then when I get off the bus, I’m praying as I’m walking up to Tops,” Denise Shelton shared with News 4.

As lawmakers call for national change, many residents say it starts with Buffalo and not just with the Tops shooting. John Shelton says he lost his son, who was killed in Black Rock.

“You can never forget. You forgive, but you can’t forget,” Shelton said. “If we can stop the violence, it would be a beautiful thing.”

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Jeffery Bradley, another area resident, shared similar sentiments.

“I just lost a good friend a few weeks ago that got killed on Person. We all lost a lot of really good people around here,” Bradley said. “Stop the killing because its really bad.”

As the city begins to heal, people are asking—where do we go from here?

“I don’t know what to do. I’m willing to take anybody’s advice,” Denise Shelton said.

Pastor Charles says the city must take one step at a time, remain prayerful and stay focused. He added that the doors to his church are always open and he is available to help those in need.

For immediate assistance, call the Crisis Hotline—(716) 834-3131.

If you would like to help the Buffalo City Mission, visit their website.



Verified fundraisers — people who organized each fund in parentheses:Buffalo Mass Shooting Help The Families Fund (Board of families of the victims of Buffalo shooting (OnCore Golf CEO Keith Blakely)Buffalo Memorial (Reporters Ron Insana and Luke Russert)Buffalo Tragedy Donate to victims families (Esra’a Taha of Buffalo Skincare and Beauty)Community Support to Feed the East Side (Feed Buffalo and partners)Aaron Salter Jr Fundraiser (Aaron Salter III)Tops Markets (Buffalo resident Joni Falk)Buffalo Survivors Fund (National Compassion Fund)

FeedMore WNY

FeedMore was born from the merger of Food Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels for WNY.

Accepting food donations at 91 Holt St. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on SaturdaysAlso accepting donations at the Resource Council of WNY at 347 E. Ferry St. through May 25Requesting donations of nonperishable protein items, shelf-stable fruits and vegetables, beverages and snack items, as well as toilet paper and related personal care products, and diapers.Donate at this link.Call (716) 822-2002 with any questions

Buffalo Community Fridge

A volunteer-led network of community fridges dedicated to giving Buffalo communities access to fresh and healthy food.

Accepting food donations at 257 E. Ferry St.milkeggscheesebaby food and formulajuicewaterlabeled cooked meatsNo longer accepting monetary donations at this timeIncluded a list of other organizations accepting donationsBlack Love Resists in the Rust – BuffaloWNY Mobile Overdose Prevention ServicesColored Girls Bike TooRooted In Love, Inc.Inquiries:

Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund

100% of funds donated to families of all 13 victims, as well as others in the storeEstablished by National Compassion Fund in partnership with TopsHopes to partner with local leaders and businessesGoFundMeMore information available on the fund’s website

Erie County Clerk’s Office/Auto Bureau

Food drop-off drives are happening at the Clerk’s Office, as well as several Auto Bureau locations:

Erie County Clerk’s Office (92 Franklin St., Buffalo)Erie County Auto Bureau (Rath Building, 170 Pearl St., Buffalo)Eire County Auto Bureau (Southgate Plaza, 1088 Union Rd., West Seneca)Erie County Auto Bureau (Sheridan Plaza, 2309 Eggert Rd., Town of Tonawanda)Erie County Auto Bureau (Urbandale Plaza, 2122 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga)Erie County Auto Bureau (Highland Plaza, 6853 Erie Rd., Derby)

One Love Fundraiser

Chef Darian Bryan says Rasta Pasta and Jerk Chicken dinners will be served Friday, May 20 at Larkin Square. Dinners will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.

All proceeds will go directly to the families of the victims. To order pre-sale tickets, click or tap here.

Thurman Thomas Family Foundation

Accepting donations for efforts to impact families of victims and surrounding communityWorking with community leaders and advocates for families

Mental Health Resources

Johnny B, Wiley Center

1110 Jefferson Ave.Mental health resources, food, other resources and assistanceAssisting families and community residents impacted by the mass shootingDaily from 1-9 p.m. through May 27

Tara Lynch is a Buffalo native who joined the News 4 team as a reporter in 2022. She previously worked at WETM in Elmira, N.Y., a sister station of News 4. You can follow Tara on Facebook and Twitter and find more of her work here.


House passes domestic terrorism bill after Buffalo attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Wednesday night that would devote more federal resources to preventing domestic terrorism in response to the racist mass shooting in Buffalo, New York.

The 222-203, nearly party-line vote was an answer to the growing pressure Congress faces to address gun violence and white supremacist attacks, a crisis that was escalated following two mass shootings over the weekend.

The House passed a similar measure in 2020 only to have it languish in the Senate. Lacking support in the Senate to move ahead with the gun-control legislation that they say is necessary to stop mass shootings, Democrats are instead pushing for a broader federal focus on domestic terrorism.

“We in Congress can’t stop the likes of (Fox News host) Tucker Carlson from spewing hateful, dangerous replacement theory ideology across the airwaves. Congress hasn’t been able to ban the sale of assault weapons. The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act is what Congress can do this week to try to prevent future Buffalo shootings,” Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., who first introduced the measure in 2017, said on the House floor.

The measure seeks to prevent another attack like the one that took place in Buffalo on Saturday. Police say an 18-year-old white man drove three hours to carry out a racist, livestreamed shooting rampage in a crowded supermarket. Ten people were killed.

Supporters of the bill say it will fill the gaps in intelligence-sharing among the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI so that they can better track and respond to the growing threat of white extremist terrorism.

Under current law, the three federal agencies already work to investigate, prevent and prosecute acts of domestic terrorism. But the bill would require each agency to open offices specifically dedicated to those tasks and create an interagency task force to combat the infiltration of white supremacy in the military.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would cost about $105 million over five years, with most of the money going toward hiring staff.

“As we took 9/11 seriously, we need to take this seriously. This is a domestic form of the same terrorism that killed the innocent people of New York City and now this assault in Buffalo and many other places,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who is sponsoring an identical bill in the Senate.

Senate Democrats are pledging to bring up the bill for a vote next week. Its prospects are uncertain, with Republicans opposed to bolstering the power of the Justice Department in domestic surveillance.

Republican lawmakers assert that the Justice Department abused its power to conduct more domestic surveillance when Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memo in October aimed at combating threats against school officials nationwide. They labeled the memo as targeting concerned parents.

GOP lawmakers also say the bill doesn’t place enough emphasis on combatting domestic terrorism committed by groups on the far left. Under the bill, agencies would be required to produce a joint report every six months that assesses and quantifies domestic terrorism threats nationally, including threats posed by white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups.

“This bill glaringly ignores the persistent domestic terrorism threat from the radical left in this country and instead makes the assumption that it is all on the white and the right,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

The divergence highlights the stubborn gap between Democrats and Republicans over domestic terrorism in the U.S. and how it should be defined and prosecuted.

For decades, terrorism has been consistently tied with attacks from foreign actors, but as homegrown terrorism, often perpetrated by white men, has flourished over the past two decades, Democratic lawmakers have sought to clarify it in federal statute.

“We’ve seen it before in American history. The only thing missing between these organizations and the past are the white robes,” Durbin said. “But the message is still the same hateful, divisive message, that sets off people to do outrageously extreme things, and violent things, to innocent people across America. It’s time for us to take a stand.”