Feinstein: Trump 'completely caved' to gun lobby
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinWhat’s genius for Obama is scandal when it comes to Trump Coalition presses Transportation Dept. for stricter oversight of driverless cars Saudi energy deal push sparks nuclear weapon concerns MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Anti-abortion Dem wins primary fight Lipinski holds slim lead in tough Illinois primary fight MORE’s plan to "harden" schools against armed attacks, saying he "caved" and his pledge to back tougher gun laws is “hollow.”

“President Trump has completely caved to the gun lobby. … To no one’s surprise, the president’s words of support for stronger gun safety laws proved to be hollow,” Feinstein said.

The White House unveiled its school and gun safety proposals on Sunday in response to a Florida shooting, including an effort to “harden” schools as targets and providing assistance to states to arm teachers.

The proposal did not call for comprehensive background checks for gun purchases or to raise the age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21 — two positions Trump previously indicated he supported.

Feinstein added on Monday that arming teachers is “an utterly ridiculous idea” and accused Trump of aligning his priorities with ideas endorsed by the gun lobby.

“Responding to the murder of 17 students and educators by endorsing the gun lobby’s platform is a shameful abdication of the president’s responsibility to lead. Shame on you, Mr. President,” Feinstein said.

The White House proposal comes as the debate on Capitol Hill has largely stalemated. The House is expected to vote on a school safety proposal this week, but if, or when, any bill will get a vote in the Senate remains unclear. 

The Senate is currently debating legislation to reform Dodd-Frank financial regulations. Senators are also expected to take up a bill to combat sex trafficking and a mammoth government funding deal before leaving town for two weeks.