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Dems Demand McConnell Return To Vote On Gun Reform After 2 Deadly Mass Shootings In 24 Hours


Dems Demand McConnell Return To Vote On Gun Reform After 2 Deadly Mass Shootings In 24 Hours

Democrats are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back from recess “immediately” to vote on gun control legislation in response to two mass shootings that killed 29 people in less than 13 hours.

A Saturday shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart left 20 people dead and 26 more wounded. A separate shooting early Sunday morning in Dayton, Ohio, left 9 dead and 27 wounded.

Democrats are demanding McConnell to call Senate, which is currently on a month-long recess, back into session to vote on a background check bill passed by the Democratic-controlled House in February.

“El Paso, Dayton, one awful event after another. @SenateMajLdr McConnell must call the Senate back for an emergency session to put the House-passed universal background checks legislation on the Senate floor for debate and a vote immediately,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted Sunday morning.

“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,” Sanders tweeted.

When asked by CBS’s “Face the Nation” host if he supports returning to D.C. to vote on a gun reform bill, Sen. Tim Scott (D-S.C.) said he’d “be happy to go back.”

“I’d leave tonight. I’ll go tomorrow, it doesn’t matter to me. This is such an important issue,” Scott said.

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown said McConnell should call for Senate to come back into session to pass the universal background check bill.

Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) tweeted it is “time for a special session of congress to make this mass shooting the last.”

“I’m heartbroken and disgusted. Thoughts and prayers from NRA apologists in Congress are insulting to victims. Their silence is deafening— It makes them permissive, even complicit in this epidemic,” he tweeted.


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