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Gun Curbs Top Democratic Agenda as U.S. Congress Reconvenes

Gun Curbs Top Democratic Agenda as U.S. Congress Reconvenes

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday sent a letter to President Trump urging him to support gun background check legislation that has already been passed by the House. A group of USA mayors, meanwhile, urged lawmakers to approve the House-passed background checks bill, which would expand background checks to cover private sales such as one that allowed a suspected west Texas gunman to purchase his weapon before killing seven people last month.

McConnell said he would not bring a gun bill to the floor of the Republican-majority Senate unless it had the support of President Donald Trump, a Republican who has not provided details of measures he might support to address gun violence.

One Democratic senator and gun control advocate, Christopher S. Murphy of CT, said in a statement Monday that he was "still negotiating in good faith to find a bipartisan proposal that will expand checks to cover more commercial sales and save lives". Barnett, a Republican, said background checks are "on the table" as part of a "suite" of solutions the White House is considering.

Veteran observers are skeptical the to-do list can get done.

"The president needs to step up here and set some guidelines for what he would do", Republican Senator Roy Blunt told NBC's "Meet the Press" show Sunday. The current Senate, with its Republican majority huddled behind McConnell's obstructionism, is a cynical graveyard where progress and the balance of power go to die.

Antonio Basco looks at the cross bearing the name of his partner Margie Reckard, who died during the mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 7, 2019.

A group of US mayors, including some where mass shootings occurred, met with White House officials and individual lawmakers to urge approval of a House-passed bill to expand background checks.

Another Democrat, Senator Chris Coons, says he has been in regular contact with the White House on gun safety negotiations.

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In previous comments, Trump has not made clear what kind of measure he would support.

"If after all this and what he has said, if President Trump fails to take a clear position and lead, I think there will be very widespread disappointment and anger", he said. "They can't escape responsibility". "We are not going away". "We are not taking no for an answer".

Lawmakers are back onCapitol Hill Monday after an extended summer recess with a short window to tackle major legislative priorities before the 2020 presidential campaign takes center stage. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who has a bipartisan background checks bill with Republican Sen.

Fifty-six percent said they supported a ban on the sale of assault weapons, including 81% of Democrats, 55% of independents and 33% of Republicans. Eighty-six percent said they supported seizure of guns from people found unsafe by a judge and 60% said they supported a ban on ammunition clips with more than 10 bullets. Several Republican senators are also now more interested but, he said, "it's hard to say how this will turn out". At least 51 Americans were killed in mass shootings in August alone, Pelosi and Schumer said, and many others were killed "in the daily tragedy of gun violence in our communities".

"There's... more blood on the hands of those who choose not to take action", Escobar said.

With the deadline to avoid another shutdown looming on Sept. 30, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., announced the House would vote in mid-September on a stopgap funding bill to keep agencies funded through sometime later this fall as the two chambers negotiate final spending bills.

The background checks bill "is the beginning of what Americans want from their government", she said.