Gun safety bills aren’t immediately processed in the Senate, Schumer says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday urged his Republican peers to compromise on two gun safety laws — but it could take time for the bills to pass.

During a speech in the Senate, the New York Democrat indicated that the chamber would not be quick to take up background check bills passed by the House following the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 students and two adults.

“Americans can vote for senators or members of Congress in November that reflect how he or she feels about guns on this issue — this issue is at the top of the electoral roll,” Schumer said, seeming to indicate the Senate needs more Gun reform legislators to make changes happen.

“Meanwhile, my fellow Republicans can now work with us. I know this is a slim prospect, very slim, all too slim – we’ve been burned so many times – but this is so important,” he continued.

On Tuesday, Schumer took the first procedural step to introduce the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and the Enhanced Background Check Act — both passed in the House of Representatives last year — that would expand background checks for firearms.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday urged his fellow Republicans to compromise with Democrats on two gun safety laws
Chuck Schumer urged fellow Republicans to compromise with Democrats on two gun safety laws.
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People gather at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 8, 2020 to protest new gun legislation.
It might be some time before gun safety legislation hits the ground running.
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No bill has successfully reached a Senate vote, and there is no guarantee that they will get the floor for debate during this legislative calendar. They’ll likely be picked up again next week after the Memorial Day break.

If any of the bills make it to the vote, there will still be a steep climb to get the 60 votes needed to pass the evenly divided Senate.

Schumer has a history of holding polls that were expected to fail — with the goal of showing American voters where every senator stands.

“I believe accountability votes are important. But unfortunately, this is not a case where the American people do not know where their senators stand,” he said Wednesday. “You know. You know because my fellow Republicans are perfectly clear on this issue.”

Proponents of gun control and firearm security measures stage a protest rally outside the US Supreme Court as the court hears hearings in the State Rifle and Pistol v. City of New York, NY case on December 2, 2019 in Washington, DC.
No bill has successfully reached a Senate vote, and there is no guarantee that they will get the floor for debate during this legislative calendar.
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Schumer is now expected to force a vote on Thursday on the Prevention of Domestic Terrorism Act passed by the House of Representatives. The legislation isn’t expected to garner much — if any — Republican support, as several GOP senators blasted the bill over state oversight.

“Democrats are working to pass this counter-domestic terrorism bill,” he said said Tuesday. “We’ll see if Senate Republicans are with us or with MAGA’s Republicans.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also delivered remarks from the Senate floor on Wednesday, calling the shooting “disgusting.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday urged his fellow Republicans to agree with Democrats on two gun safety bills -- but it could be some time before the bills get the floor.
Chuck Schumer indicated that the Uvalde, Texas board would not be quick to accept bills from house-passed background checks.
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“We fervently pray that in the midst of this nightmare of sorrow, our Heavenly Father will reveal to these families His promise in Psalm 34 that the Lord is near to the brokenhearted.”

Schumer quickly hit back at McConnell’s sympathetic remarks and asked him if he would join Democrats in allowing debate on a gun violence bill.

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” Schumer said. “We need action”

Attendee seen holding a sign with a Filibuster blocked issue at the protest.
A school shooting in Texas killed 19 students and two adults.
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Some members of Congress have called on the Senate to force a vote on the background check bills, with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) saying “the people want it.”

“The Senate should pass the background check bill. At the moment. Let them all vote. It won’t prevent every act of gun violence, but it will save lives. And people want it. We have to demand it,” he said tweeted.

“We know that if we don’t take action, there will be another and another and another attack. And we know who prevents measures. The Senate should vote immediately — at a 50-vote threshold — on sensible gun safety reforms that the American people have been asking for for too long,” said Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) wrote Tuesday.

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