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 SandersHickenlooper day-old Senate bid faces pushback from progressives Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Andrew Yang: News coverage of Trump a 'microcosm' of issues facing country MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence 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 BrownBank watchdogs approve rule to loosen ban on risky Wall Street trades Dayton mayor assigned extra security following verbal spat with Trump The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape 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.