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 ClintonBloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Trump pledges to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, designate KKK a terrorist group in pitch to Black voters MORE called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of power Republican lawyers brush off Trump's election comments 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 SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Cruz blocks amended resolution honoring Ginsburg over language about her dying wish 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.