Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Trump backs plan to give airlines another billion in aid MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling on President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE to tell Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day MORE (R-Ky.) to bring up a stand-alone background check bill, dismissing Trump's suggestion of tying it to immigration reform.

"Instead of flailing around blaming everything under the sun, if the president is serious about 'strong background checks' there’s one thing he can do: Demand Sen. McConnell put the bipartisan, House-passed universal background checks bill up for a vote," Schumer tweeted on Monday.

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Trump said on Monday that he wants legislation providing "strong background checks," including potentially linking it to long-stalled immigration reform. Background check legislation already faces an uphill climb in the GOP-controlled Senate, but tying it together with immigration legislation would all but guarantee it would not get passed.

Talk of new background check legislation comes after two mass shootings rocked the nation over the weekend.

A gunman on Saturday killed 20 people and wounded dozens more in an attack at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday. Less than a day later, at least nine people were killed and more than two dozen were injured in a Dayton, Ohio shooting. The two shootings are not believed to be linked.

Democrats are trying to build pressure on McConnell to bring up background check legislation after the two shootings, including calls for the GOP leader to bring the Senate into session during the August recess.

The Senate left for the five-week August recess on Thursday and are out of session until Sept. 9. A spokesman for Schumer didn't immediately respond to a question about if Democrats will try to clear a bill by unanimous consent during pro forma sessions this week. The request would likely be blocked by a GOP senator.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire MORE (D-Conn.) echoed Schumer's demand during a tweet on Monday morning saying Trump asking McConnell to bring up a bill would ensure its passage.

"Background checks has already passed the House - w Republican votes. If Trump asked McConnell to support it, it would pass in a week. FYI - he won’t do that," he tweeted.

Sen. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Hillicon Valley: Feds warn hackers targeting critical infrastructure | Twitter exploring subscription service | Bill would give DHS cyber agency subpoena power Senate-passed defense spending bill includes clause giving DHS cyber agency subpoena power MORE (D-N.H.) said McConnell should "convene the Senate immediately for an emergency session." Meanwhile, Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Overnight Defense: Guardsman to testify Lafayette Square clearing was 'unprovoked escalation' | Dems push for controversial Pentagon nominee to withdraw | Watchdog says Pentagon not considering climate change risks to contractors Democrats urge controversial Pentagon policy nominee to withdraw MORE (D-Hawaii) said it was "past time" for McConnell to act.

"Call us back for a vote. Now," she added.