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Gun safety bill won’t be taken up in Senate immediately, Schumer indicates

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday urged his Republican allies to reach agreement on two pieces of gun safety legislation — but it could take some time for the bills to reach them.

During a speech on the Senate floor, New York Democrats indicated that the chamber would not quickly move a House-passed background check bill in the aftermath of the tragic Uvalde, Texas, school shooting that killed 19 students and two adults.

“For U.S. senators or members of Congress to cast their vote in November that shows how they stand with the gun on this issue — that issue is at the top of the voter list,” Schumer said, pointing out that For that the Senate needs more pro-gun reform lawmakers to make any changes.

“Meanwhile, my Republican allies can work with us now. I know it’s a slim possibility, very slim, very slim – we’ve been burned many times before – but it’s very important,” he continued. .

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

Chuck Schumer urged his Republican allies to join with Democrats on two pieces of gun safety legislation.
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People Gather To Protest Against The New Gun Law At The Utah State Capitol On February 8, 2020 In Salt Lake City, Utah.
It may take some time for gun safety legislation to materialize.
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None of the bills have reached the Senate vote and there is no guarantee that they will reach the floor for debate during this legislative calendar. They will probably be taken back after the Memorial Day holiday next week.

If either law makes it to the vote, it will still face an uphill climb to reach the 60 votes needed to pass in an equally divided Senate.

Schumer has held votes in the past in hopes of failing — with the aim of showing American voters where each senator stands.

“I believe accountability votes are important. But, sadly, this is not the case for the American people, who do not know where their senators stand,” he said Wednesday. They know because my Republican colleagues are completely outspoken on this issue.

Supporters Of Gun Control And Firearms Safety Measures Hold A Protest Rally Outside The Us Supreme Court, As The Court Hears Oral Arguments In Washington, D.c. In State Rifle And Pistol V. City Of New York, Ny, December 2, 2019.
None of the bills have reached the Senate vote and there is no guarantee that they will reach the floor for debate during this legislative calendar.
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Meanwhile, Schumer is expected To force a vote on the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act passed by the House on Thursday. The legislation is not expected to receive much – if any – Republican support, as several GOP senators blasted the bill over government surveillance.

“Democrats are working to get this bill passed to combat domestic terrorism.” said Tuesday “We’ll see whether Senate Republicans stand with us or MAGA stands with Republicans.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also commented from the Senate floor on Wednesday, calling the shooting “sickening.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer On Wednesday Urged His Republican Allies To Reach A Settlement With Democrats On Two Pieces Of Gun Safety Legislation -- Though The Bills Could Take Some Time To Reach.
Chuck Schumer hinted that after the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Chambers wouldn’t take on house-pass background check bills as quickly.
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“We pray with all our heart that in the midst of this nightmare of grief, our Heavenly Father will reveal his promise in Psalm 34 to those families that the Lord is near broken hearts.”

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

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

Participant Seen Holding A Sign Depicting An Issue Blocked By Filibuster During The Protest.
19 students and two adults killed in Texas school shooting
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Some members of Congress have urged the Senate to vote on background check bills, with Rep. Ted Dutch (D-Fla.) saying “people want it.”

“The Senate should pass the background check bill. Right now this time. Vote for them all. It will not stop every act of gun violence but it will save lives. And people want it. We must demand it,” he tweeted,

“We know that if we don’t do something there will be another attack. And we know who is stopping the action. The Senate must immediately — at the 50-vote limit — vote on the commonsense gun safety reforms the American people have long demanded,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) wrote Tuesday

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