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Fresno congressman calls for Senate to take up gun legislation after deadly mass shooting at football party

Fresno congressman calls for Senate to take up gun legislation after deadly mass shooting at football party
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A California Democrat is calling for the Senate to take up gun control measures passed by the House after a mass shooting in his district Sunday night.

Rep. Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel CostaOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump admin to sell oil leases at Arctic wildlife refuge before Biden takes office |Trump administration approves controversial oil testing method in Gulf of Mexico | Rep. Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel Rep. David Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel DeLauro wins Steering Committee vote for Appropriations chair MORE (D-Calif.), who represents Fresno, tweeted that his "thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," while adding that "as a community and a country, thoughts and prayers are not enough!"

"We have passed meaningful bipartisan gun safety legislation this year in Congress that Sen Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Democrats see opportunity in GOP feud with business Biden resists calls to give hard-hit states more vaccines than others MORE [R-Ky.] refuses to bring up in the Senate," Costa tweeted. "This plague of gun violence in our country, as we continue to witness, knows no boundaries. We must come together to bring rational and practical solutions to support our local communities throughout our nation."

Four people were killed Sunday night in a shooting at a football party in Costa's district, and the gunman has not been apprehended.

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Democrats have hammered McConnell for months over a so-called legislative graveyard in the Senate, as Democratic-passed bills out of the House have largely piled up in the Senate as the GOP-controlled Senate, led by McConnell as majority leader, refuses to allow votes on bills that do not have President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE's support.

"Leader McConnell ought to allow debate and amendments immediately — which Democrats would welcome — on commonsense, House-passed bills on democracy reform, combating the gun violence epidemic, health care, and so much more," Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally H.R. 1/S. 1: Democrats defend their majorities, not honest elections McCarthy asks FBI, CIA for briefing after two men on terror watchlist stopped at border MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement in April.

The Democratic-controlled House has passed at least three gun control-related bills expanding background checks and other measures to control the sale of firearms since taking power in January.