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 CostaChina, US officials: 'Phase one' trade deal could slide into next year Fresno congressman calls for Senate to take up gun legislation after deadly mass shooting at football party Overnight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite 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 McConnellDemocratic challenger to Joni Ernst releases ad depicting her as firing gun at him Senate confirms eight Trump court picks in three days The case for censuring, and not impeaching, Donald Trump 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 John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP 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.