Kennedy and his allies hope Murphy will soon accept alternative language that makes the bill palatable to healthcare providers and advocates.
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Fierce debate over how to treat the mentally ill is threatening House Republicans’ legislative response to mass shootings.

Opposition from Democrats and some mental health groups to a proposal from Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) is acute despite more than a year of hearings in the wake of the 2012 Newtown, Conn., massacre.

Murphy’s bill has stalled in committee without an obvious green light from the GOP leaders who requested it.

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), a prominent mental health advocate, is working behind the scenes to bridge the divide.

Kennedy and his allies hope Murphy will soon accept alternative language that makes the bill palatable to healthcare providers and advocates. But it is unclear how far Murphy, a psychologist, will bend.

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