Sanders says McConnell should call Senate into session for gun safety bill

Sanders says McConnell should call Senate into session for gun safety bill
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Connecticut in final presidential primary of year Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell warns control of Senate 'could go either way' in November On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high McConnell: Time to restart coronavirus talks MORE to "immediately" call the Senate back into session to pass a gun safety bill. 

"Mitch McConnell should bring the Senate back into session immediately to pass HR 8, the gun safety bill that has already passed the House. That's a first step to addressing our serious gun violence epidemic," Sanders tweeted.

Sanders' Senate colleague Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWhat Trump's orders will and won't do for payroll taxes, unemployment benefits Overnight Defense: Guardsman to testify Lafayette Square clearing was 'unprovoked escalation' | Dems push for controversial Pentagon nominee to withdraw | Watchdog says Pentagon not considering climate change risks to contractors Democrats urge controversial Pentagon policy nominee to withdraw MORE (D-Ohio) called on McConnell to do the same on CBS's "Face the Nation." 

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Their call follows two deadly mass shootings Saturday and Sunday, in Texas and Ohio, that killed a combined total of 29 people. 

The Saturday shooting in El Paso, Texas killed 20 people and injured 26 others. 

The bill Sanders is calling for a vote on, H.R.8 or the "Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019," would require a background check on every gun sale or transfer. 

It was passed by the Democratic-controlled House in February. 

A spokesperson for McConnell did not immediately return a request for comment.