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PoliticsBipartisan U.S. senators seek decision from Trump by Thursday on gun control

20:15  11 september  2019
20:15  11 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of three U.S. senators on Wednesday said they are attempting to revive legislation that failed in 2013 to close gun sale background check loopholes, but are awaiting word from President Donald Trump on whether he will support their effort.

Bipartisan U.S. senators seek decision from Trump by Thursday on gun control © Reuters/ALEXANDER DRAGO U.S. first lady Melania Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion with local and state leaders at Cabell-Huntington Health Department in Huntington

Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Chris Murphy, along with Republican Senator Pat Toomey, told reporters they had a 40-minute telephone conversation with Trump in which the president was engaged on the issue of gun control. They added that they hoped Trump would convey a decision by Thursday.

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Bipartisan U.S. senators seek decision from Trump by Thursday on gun control © Reuters/JOSHUA ROBERTS Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) arrives for the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon in Washington

(Reporting by Richard Cowan, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)

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