McConnell indicates he won’t call Senate back early for gun debate | TheHill


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) indicated Thursday that he will not bring the Senate back early from its five-week August recess to debate gun legislation, despite pressure from Democrats.
“We’re going to have these bipartisan discussions and when we get back hopefully be able to come together and actually pass something. I want to make a law,” McConnell said during an interview with Kentucky radio station WHAS.
Pressed if he was saying he would not call the Senate back before their currently scheduled Sept. 9 return date, McConnell added: “If we did that, we would just have people scoring points and nothing would happen. There has to be a bipartisan discussion here of what we can agree on.”
The interview marks the first time McConnell has publicly weighed in on the growing calls from Democrats and activists for him to bring the Senate back into session after they left last week for the August break.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have homed in on McConnell this week as they try to pressure him and Republicans to bring the chamber back into session as soon as this week to vote on House legislation.
“Today, as Speaker of the House, I am writing in good faith to request that you call the United States Senate back into session immediately under your powers in Article II Section 3 of the Constitution to consider House-passed bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to President Trump on Thursday.
The House passed universal background check legislation earlier this year with the support of eight Republicans. The Senate’s companion bill has 42 sponsors, none of whom are Republicans.

 

Source: McConnell indicates he won’t call Senate back early for gun debate | TheHill

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