President Donald Trump insists he and GOP want stronger gun background checks

Mitch McConnell is what's wrong with America | Sheneman

Mitch McConnell is what's wrong with America | Sheneman

While it's highly unlikely that Trump will retreat from efforts to fund his long-promised border wall, the move by Schumer (D-N.Y.) is created to keep a focus on the Republican response to the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. Hunters in the United States say universal background check.

Hoyer resorted to reading lyrics from "Blowin' in the Wind", Bob Dylan's 1962 song. "I don't know frankly that the Democrats will get us there". The House and Senate are both out of session for August recess.

The reason Mitch won't move the house bill improving background checks for gun purchases, which has been sitting on his desk for weeks, forward is because he was bought and paid for long ago.

The White House, which originally threatened to veto the House legislation, is now reassessing the package, according to sources familiar with the matter.

In a bid to keep pressure on the White House to respond to mass shootings, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is preparing to ask that President Trump withdraw a request for $5 billion in border wall funding and redirect the money toward programs that aim to reduce gun violence and white supremacist extremism.

Trump told reporters in New Jersey on Tuesday that he's "convinced that Mitch wants to do something" on guns.

Trump also said he'd had "a very good conversation" with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a strong gun control advocate.

Some Republicans, though, have questioned the kind of background check legislation Mr. Trump appears to be backing. McConnell said earlier this month that background checks and "red flags" - bills helping authorities remove guns from unstable people - would "probably lead the discussion".

Mr. Trump said Tuesday he thinks Mr. McConnell "wants to do something". "What I want to see here is an outcome".

And that, they said, falls to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. He said the panel could discuss measures banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and making it easier for authorities to confiscate guns from unstable people.

"Republicans and this administration need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to addressing gun violence and stopping the rise of domestic terrorism, especially stemming from white supremacy", Schumer said in a statement to Politico, which first reported the request.

AP reporter Mary Clare Jalonick and congressional correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed.

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