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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia Trump celebrates resignation of Bolivia's president Sanders touts big crowds in Iowa rallies with Ocasio-Cortez MORE (D-N.Y.) called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Biden not ruling out Senate voting to impeach Trump: 'It will depend on what their constituency says' Congress hunts for path out of spending stalemate 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 SandersTech firms face skepticism over California housing response Press: Another billionaire need not apply Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2020 run: report MORE (I-Vt.), a top-tier 2020 Democratic primary candidate, and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates Brown confirms he won't enter 2020 race: 'I think it's a good field' GM officially sells Ohio plant, months after Trump touted sale 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.