Feinstein: Trump 'completely caved' to gun lobby
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings Senate GOP eyes probes into 2016 issues 'swept under the rug' Top Senate Judiciary Dem asks Barr to hand over full Mueller report by April 1 MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' 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.

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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.