Romney signals he's open to bipartisan background check bill
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Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds Will anyone from the left realize why Trump won — again? Ratings drop to 55M for final Trump-Biden debate MORE (R-Utah) said Monday that he believes all commercial gun sales should be subject to a background check and signaled he's open to supporting bipartisan legislation from Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  Susan Collins and the American legacy Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-W.Va.) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyAppeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy MORE (R-Pa.). 
 
"It certainly should be applied to commercial sales and finding a more comprehensive way to make sure that people are in the system that ought to be in the system," Romney told reporters when asked about expanding background checks. 
 
Asked if he would support legislation from Manchin and Toomey, which would expand gun background checks to all commercial sales, Romney said he had spoken with Toomey and was reviewing the bill. 
 
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"I'm looking at that. ... Directionally, that is something I would support, but I have not read the legislation. That is something I would have to look at before I signed on," Romney added. 
 
Manchin and Toomey are trying to build new momentum behind their bipartisan background check legislation in the wake of shootings in Odessa and El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. 
 
 
Romney told the Deseret News over the recess that he had talked to Toomey about his concerns, including having questions about the potential impact on rural Utah. 
  
Lawmakers, returning to Washington for the first time since the shooting, are also looking for a sign from President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE about what legislation he would sign as they prepare to wade into the debate on potential gun legislation reform. 
 
Manchin-Toomey would not go as far as a House-passed universal background check bill, which is being pushed for by Democrats. That bill is unlikely to get a vote in the Senate because it has garnered a veto threat from the White House.
 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Democrats hold talkathon to protest Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Trump looms over Ernst's tough reelection fight in Iowa Democratic senator votes against advancing Amy Coney Barrett nomination while wearing RBG mask MORE (R-Ky.) didn't discuss gun legislation reform during his remarks from the Senate floor on Monday, but he previously warned that a bill needs Trump's support in order to get a vote. 
 
"If the President is in favor of a number of things that he has discussed openly and publicly and I know that if we pass it it’ll become law, I’ll put it on the floor," McConnell told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt last week.