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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' The Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds MORE (D-N.Y.) called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence 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 SandersHickenlooper day-old Senate bid faces pushback from progressives Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Andrew Yang: News coverage of Trump a 'microcosm' of issues facing country MORE (I-Vt.), a top-tier 2020 Democratic primary candidate, and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBank watchdogs approve rule to loosen ban on risky Wall Street trades Dayton mayor assigned extra security following verbal spat with Trump The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape 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.