Hillary Clinton calls on McConnell, GOP to help Democrats pass gun safety bill

Hillary Clinton calls on McConnell, GOP to help Democrats pass gun safety bill
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Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonImpeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter MORE called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers skeptical of progress on spending deal as wall battle looms Impeachment battle looms over must-pass defense bill 'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera MORE (R-Ky.) and his Republican caucus to help Democrats pass gun legislation the Democratic-controlled House approved in February. 

"With two mass shootings in America in less than 24 hours, thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need action," Clinton tweeted Sunday after a deadly shooting in Dayton, Ohio, killed at least nine people. 

A shooting in El Paso, Texas, killed at least 20 people the day before.


"The House has sent common-sense gun safety legislation to the Senate. Demand that @senatemajldr and your Republican elected officials join Democrats to pass it," Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, added.

The bill would require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers. It passed about six months ago with overwhelming Democratic support, and some support from House Republicans. 

In the wake of the two latest mass shootings, Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action MORE (N.Y.), called on McConnell to bring the Senate back into session during its monthlong recess for a debate and vote on the background check bill. 

A McConnell spokesperson did not return The Hill's request for comment regarding the call for a special session.

McConnell's office issued a statement Sunday afternoon that the senator is recovering at his Louisville home from a fractured shoulder after tripping at his home patio. 

McConnell spokesperson David Popp said the majority leader called Texas and Ohio Republican senators to "express his sympathies" after the shootings.