Pelosi on background check bill: 'We have to do it'

Pelosi on background check bill: 'We have to do it'
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday called on Congress to refocus its attention on a background check bill that she said is ultimately "inevitable."

"We have to do it. We've come together before. We've said we will not stop until this is over," the California lawmaker said, flanked by seven Democratic lawmakers.

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She said Congress must act to pass the universal background check bill, which has 180 co-sponsors.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who sat with victims' families after the 2012 Newtown shooting, said Congress's failure to act is "contemptible and unconscionable."

"It makes Congress an aider and abetter" in gun violence across the country, he said.

Blumenthal was a key supporter for the background check legislation that fell flat in spring 2013.

Gun control advocates, such as the Newtown Action Alliance, are again canvassing Capitol Hill ahead of the shooting's second anniversary on Dec. 14.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who has also been a champion of gun control since the 2012 shooting, blamed the inaction on the gun lobby.

"I won't rest until we finish this job," he said.