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PoliticsDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest inaction on gun legislation

03:01  18 september  2019
03:01  18 september  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Democrats held the floor for roughly five hours on Tuesday to raise awareness about the chamber's inaction on gun legislation after a recent spate of But the bill is considered a non-starter in the Senate , where McConnell has warned that a piece of legislation will need Trump's support in order to

He made the comments after Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty, who is hoping to unseat Toomey, pressured the GOP senator to back the Feinstein legislation Toomey's legislation would require the attorney general to create a list of "likely terrorists" that could be blocked from buying guns .

Democrats are taking to the Senate floor on Tuesday evening to try to raise awareness about the chamber's inaction on gun legislation after a recent spate of mass shootings.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), one of the first senators to speak as part of the Democratic talk-a-thon, singled out GOP Sen. Martha McSally (Ariz.), who was presiding over the chamber during her speech.

"This is something all of us should be caring about, especially from Arizona, where my dear friend Gabby Giffords was shot," Gillibrand said during a heated speech that was audible from outside the Senate chamber.

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Washington (CNN) Democrats decided to end their day-long sit-in protest on the House floor over The Democrats staged the sit-in to protest the lack of congressional action on gun control after the June "The Senate has already defeated the measure they're calling for. The House is focused on

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Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who is running for his party's presidential nomination, went after the National Rifle Association, saying "it's long past time for us to beat the NRA on this issue."

"They're hiding from the vote," Bennet added, referring to Republicans. "It's their responsibility to vote and there's only one person in America that can hold that vote and that's Mitch McConnell."

Democrats began speaking from the Senate floor around 5:20 p.m., with the Senate expected to remain in session late into Tuesday night.

More than 20 senators are expected to speak as part of the marathon effort, which is being organized by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

Democrats are clamoring for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring up a universal background check bill passed by the House earlier this year.

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Democrats Stage Protest on House Floor . But Democrats countered that they had effectively drawn attention to the gun issue and created Speaker Paul D. Ryan said at his weekly briefing that the House Democrats ’ protests over gun control legislation undermined the basic institutions of

Democrats and Republicans nearly came to blows on the House floor during an extraordinary sit-in protest for a vote on gun control legislation on Wednesday night that stretched into Thursday morning. At one point, Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas approached the Democrats jabbing

But the legislation has garnered a veto threat from the White House, making it a non-starter in the Senate where McConnell has said Trump has to support the bill in order for it to get a vote.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), a member of Democratic leadership, singled out McConnell while noting that the House-passed bill had been stuck in the Senate for roughly 200 days.

"While Mitch McConnell and President Trump wait for approval from big money special interest, Americans are dying," she said. "It's time to act."

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) similarly knocked Republicans, arguing that they were barely moving legislation through the chamber and instead focused on confirming various nominees put forward by Trump.

"Week after week after week, we vote on nomination after nomination after nomination. We hardly ever debate. We hardly ever vote on legislation to address the needs that the American people say are the primary concerns in their minds," he added.

The White House is currently negotiating with senators as they try to craft gun reform legislation. Murphy and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) both said on Tuesday that they were still waiting to find out if Trump would back an expansion of background checks for gun sales.

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Democrats came to the Senate floor to speak on gun violence and call for legislation expanding background checks.

Democrats came to the Senate floor to speak on gun violence and call for legislation expanding background checks.

White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland said on Tuesday that representatives from the administration would be meeting with lawmakers this week at Trump's request to try to find a bill that could clear Congress.

Ueland and Attorney General William Barr met on Tuesday with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has warned Trump against making a deal with Democrats.

"The president has asked us to engage with the Hill. ... We continue today and throughout this week to talk with members on both sides of the aisle, both sides of the Capitol as we work through all these public policy challenges to see whether or not there's a path forward on a legislative package in relation to mass gun violence," he said.

He added that "we got a lot of great input as you know. ... It's a collaborative two way conversation."

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