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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 SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser 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 BrownACLU sues DHS for records on purchased cell phone data to track immigrants DHS watchdog to probe agency's tracking of Americans' phone data without a warrant Rare Mnuchin-Powell spat takes center stage at COVID-19 hearing 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.