Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the Senate would vote on expanding background checks on gun purchases because Mitch McConnell could no longer stop the bill.
Majority Leader Schumer said in a statement to PoliticusUSA:
Enacting gun safety laws using common sense is my top priority while I'm in Congress. In the 25 years since I helped write the Brady Act, Congress hasn't overhauled our background check system. It is for this reason that I am so proud that the House is passing this important piece of legislation that is taking the long overdue step of filling dangerous loopholes in the existing background check system in order to keep all of our communities safe.
For years, Republican leader Mitch McConnell drowned the incredibly popular background check laws without a vote in the Senate. Now, with Democrats in the majority, the Senate will finally have the opportunity to act on this critical issue. If I propose sensible gun safety laws in the Senate, my Republican colleagues should support it.
The bill was passed by House 227-2i03 and eight Republicans joined the Democrats in support of the bill. Only one democrat voted against.
Universal background checks have been endorsed by more than 90% of Americans for years, but it's hard to see ten Senate Republicans break with their party to support the bill. Republicans who support background checks will complain that the bill goes too far, and the rest of the caucus will scream socialism and the second amendment while voting no.
Majority leader Schumer is right. Mitch McConnell is powerless to stop the bill. Senate Republicans will finally oppose a move more than 90% of Americans want.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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