Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Lawmakers eye stopgap spending bill to prevent a shutdown

Lawmakers eye stopgap spending bill to prevent a shutdown

With this in mind, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appealed directly to the president on Sunday, just before lawmakers were to return to Washington after a recess, calling on him to take "a historic opportunity to save lives" by aligning with the majority of Americans on gun policy, rather than the pro-gun lobby. "The president needs to step up here", Blunt said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Congress returns to Washington this week amid mounting pressure from Democrats and the public to enact new gun restrictions, but lawmakers from both parties say meaningful action hangs exclusively on President Donald Trump. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that the ball is in Trump's court as he awaits for the president to signal which measures, if any, he should put up for a vote. 83 percent of those polled said they support comprehensive background checks for gun purchases.

Blunt, who also serves as the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, told Todd that he's anxious Congress will "take this silly "if we don't get everything we won't do anything" approach to the issue, and that there should be particular action taken on legislation concerning mental health.

After back-to-back mass shootings last month in Texas and OH, the president said he was open to enhanced background checks, but then later seemed to back track and echo the position of the powerful National Rifle Assn. This is one measure Democrats are urging McConnell to bring to the floor of the Republican-controlled Senate.

Whaley, a Democrat, called prevention of gun violence an issue that crosses party lines.

He said background checks and federal support for "red flag" laws were both discussed during their meeting.

A senior administration official said expanding background checks remained an option under consideration within the administration and that the White House intends to engage with stakeholders on Capitol Hill in the coming days.

"The president, as he assesses the best way ahead, the best set of policy proposals, is really looking for ideas that can make a significant difference, that are meaningful ... to making progress here", said Eric Ueland, director of the White House's Office of Legislative Affairs. "You are uniquely positioned to answer their call", the duo wrote. "At the same time, we have to protect our Second Amendment very strongly and we will always do that", he added, referring to the U.S. Constitution provision guaranteeing a right to bear arms.

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"Two people in Washington can make sure the background checks bill passes: Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell", Schumer said, "It is totally up to them".

Pelosi and Schumer joined forces on a letter to President Trump earlier Monday, imploring him to exert sway over Republicans and give "political cover" in defiance of the National Rifle Association.

The GOP-held Senate is prone to go forward with the transfer, and all sides wish to keep away from a repeat shutdown debacle after President Donald Trump compelled a partial 35-day authorities shutdown final yr in hopes of successful extra funding for his long-sought border wall. We already know about the White House.

One test of voter mood will come in Tuesday's special election in North Carolina, where the Democrat for an open House seat, Marine veteran Dan McCready, faces Republican Dan Bishop, in a contest both parties see as toss-up.

The background checks bill "is the beginning of what Americans want from their government", she said.

But, in recent weeks, Trump has talked more about the need to address mental health issues and raised concerns about the effectiveness of universal background checks.

Representative Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley were also present for the press conference.

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