Ocasio-Cortez calls out McConnell for 'sitting on' gun reform bill since February

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' MORE (D-N.Y.) called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat Everytown plans ad blitz on anniversary of House background check bill Kentucky state official says foreign adversaries 'routinely' scan election systems MORE for not calling a Senate vote on a gun reform bill the Democratic-controlled House passed in February. 

Her comments come in response to McConnell's tweeted statement that he is "horrified" by "senseless violence" in El Paso following a Saturday shooting that killed 20 people. After his tweet, a separate shooting in Dayton, Ohio, killed at least nine people early Sunday morning. 

"The House passed HR8, a Bipartisan Background Checks Act, *5 months ago* and the Senate has yet to vote on it," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Sunday. "It was one of our 1st major priorities after ending the gov shutdown. You’ve been sitting on it since February giving bogus excuses. Care to explain the people why?"

 The House passed the bill which would require background checks in February with overwhelming Democratic support, and some support from Republicans. 

The Republican-controlled Senate has yet to vote on the bill. 


Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Prominent Texas Latina endorses Warren Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' MORE (I-Vt.), a top-tier 2020 Democratic primary candidate, and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownTrump pick for Fed seat takes bipartisan fire On The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law MORE (D-Ohio) publicly asked McConnell Sunday to call Senate back into session for a vote on the bill. 

A spokesperson for McConnell did not immediately return a request for comment.