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Pelosi: Trump says we’re ‘getting close’ to gun proposal

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that President Trump told her earlier in the day that they are “getting close” to a proposal on reducing gun violence in response to a string of mass shootings over the summer.

During an interview at the Atlantic Festival, Pelosi said Trump had called her earlier Tuesday morning and that the pair discussed gun violence.
 
“He said that we were getting close to a solution,” Pelosi said, though she did not elaborate on any further details.
 
Pelosi’s brief comments on the issue came during an interview that focused primarily on growing calls from House Democrats to impeach Trump.{mosads}
 
Dozens of House Democrats, including many in swing districts who had long resisted impeachment, have said that allegations that Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden would be impeachable.
 
Pelosi declined to say during the interview if she agrees, but she is expected to make an announcement after a 4 p.m. meeting with House Democrats.
 
Democrats have been pushing the GOP-controlled Senate to take up legislation they passed earlier this year to expand background checks for gun purchases to include private sales. 
 
Earlier this month, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told Trump in a phone call that any proposal that doesn’t include the House legislation “will not get the job done.”
 
“We know that to save as many lives as possible, the Senate must pass this bill and the president must sign it,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.
 
Pelosi and Schumer added that they promised Trump they’d join him for a signing ceremony in the Rose Garden if he endorses the bill, but so far there’s been little movement in the Senate.
 
The White House last week floated a proposal to expand background checks, but Senate Republicans didn’t rush to endorse it. Trump also has yet to endorse the proposal.
 
The memo proposed expanding background checks to all advertised commercial sales, including sales at gun shows.
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