Lawmakers Urge McConnell to Cancel August Recess for Vote on Gun Legislation

Monday, August 5, 2019
By Paul Martin

by HANNAH BLEAU
BREITBART.COM
5 Aug 2019

Lawmakers are urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to cancel the chamber’s August recess in order to respond to the two deadly shootings that took the lives of at least 29 people and injured dozens more over the weekend.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for McConnell to bring the Senate back to vote for the House-approved Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would “create new background check requirements for gun transfers between unlicensed individuals, “NBC News reports:

Schumer released a statement over the weekend and lambasted the president for not denouncing, “right-wing extremists who often traffic in hate and white nationalism” enough.

“When President Trump spends more time and energy denouncing Rep. Elijah Cummings and Baltimore than he does denouncing right-wing extremists who often traffic in hate and white nationalism, it shows his priorities are un-American and way off balance,” Schumer stated.

He added:

Leader McConnell, do the right thing. Call an emergency session. Wherever the senators are. Put the House bill on the floor, and it will pass. And the president, my guess is, will have no choice but to sign it. And maybe we can do something to begin dealing with gun laws in a rational way. And not just quaking when the [National Rifle Association] and other extreme groups tell Congress to sit on its hands.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) also called for McConnell to take action.

“Mitch McConnell should bring the Senate back into session immediately to pass HR 8, the gun safety bill that has already passed the House,” he tweeted. “That’s a first step to addressing our serious gun violence epidemic.”:

Mitch McConnell should bring the Senate back into session immediately to pass HR 8, the gun safety bill that has already passed the House. That’s a first step to addressing our serious gun violence epidemic.

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