Just in from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
In light of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s continuing obstruction, Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to President Donald Trump today requesting he call the United States Senate back into session immediately under his powers in Article II Section 3 of the Constitution to consider House-passed bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation, in the wake of deadly mass shootings across the country.
The House sent the Senate bipartisan, commonsense background checks legislation, but Leader McConnell, describing himself as the “grim reaper,” continues to obstruct these bipartisan bills. Earlier this week, more than 200 House Democrats sent a letter calling upon Leader McConnell to call the Senate back to pass background checks legislation.
“It is with deep sadness and great urgency that I write following the horrific loss of life that occurred in Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton and Chicago, after which you said, ‘I think background checks are important. I don’t want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable or people with rage or hate, sick people. I’m all in favor of it,’” Speaker Pelosi wrote.
“Mr. President, we have an opportunity to work in a bipartisan way to pass gun violence prevention background checks. However, Leader Mitch McConnell, describing himself as the ‘grim reaper,’ has been an obstacle to taking any action.”
NEW: Speaker Pelosi calls on Pres. Trump to "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." https://t.co/c1KVpTMAwx pic.twitter.com/D5MdYyHzjF
— ABC News (@ABC) August 8, 2019
JUST IN: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written a letter to Trump asking him to use his Article II powers to call the Senate back into session in order to consider gun control legislation passed in the House. https://t.co/y02ES5yuW5
— Axios (@axios) August 8, 2019
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) August 8, 2019