Trump says he is convinced Senate leader wants background checks bill

Evarado Alatorre
Agosto 14, 2019

But Democrats say they did already pass a background check bill in the House on a near-party line vote, so the main burden is on the GOP-led Senate to take action. But the request will nevertheless serve as a way for Democrats to keep the issue of gun control in the news as Congress remains on recess.

Hoyer resorted to reading lyrics from "Blowin' in the Wind", Bob Dylan's 1962 song.

"We know exactly why he isn't here".

Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., cited statistics on the thousands of gun fatalities annually and said, "In the face of this epidemic, Mitch McConnell is doing nothing".

McConnell told a radio interviewer last week that calling the Senate back into session early would only lead to political posturing. According to CNN, "several conservative allies and Republican lawmakers have privately voiced opposition to his push for background checks, claiming they wouldn't have stopped the shootings in Dayton and El Paso".

Trump said he has spoken to McConnell and he is convinced the Senate majority leader wants to move forward on a universal background check bill. "I do too, and I think a lot of Republicans do", Trump told reporters in New Jersey.

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But Mr. Trump also said he's not sure what kind of partner he'll find in Democrats. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a strong gun control advocate.

Trump provided no specifics and it was unclear how tough a background check measure Republicans might consider.

"What we can't do is fail to pass something", McConnell said. "What I want to see here is an outcome". He said the panel could discuss measures banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and making it easier for authorities to confiscate guns from unstable people.

Schumer's office said Tuesday he will formally request the funding go toward research on gun violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and bolstering Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation programs to counter extremism and domestic terrorism.

"Republicans and this administration need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to addressing gun violence and stopping the rise of domestic terrorism, especially stemming from white supremacy", Schumer said in a statement to Politico, which first reported the request.

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