By Peter Sullivan
June 15, 2016

A House committee on Wednesday advanced a long-controversial mental health reform bill, 53-0, that Republicans have cast as their response to mass shootings.

The original version of the legislation, from Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), was introduced in 2013 following the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., but it has been delayed for years because lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have opposed it.