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 SandersTech firms face skepticism over California housing response Press: Another billionaire need not apply Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2020 run: report MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Biden not ruling out Senate voting to impeach Trump: 'It will depend on what their constituency says' Congress hunts for path out of spending stalemate 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 BrownSunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates Brown confirms he won't enter 2020 race: 'I think it's a good field' GM officially sells Ohio plant, months after Trump touted sale 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.