Schumer, GOP Rep. King urge McConnell to give background check bill a vote

Schumer, GOP Rep. King urge McConnell to give background check bill a vote
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingHotel industry mounts attack on Airbnb with House bill Obama's tan suit controversy hits 5-year anniversary First House Republican backs bill banning assault weapons MORE (R-N.Y.) rallied at a Walmart parking lot Tuesday to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Democrats press for action on election security Hillicon Valley: Election security looms over funding talks | Antitrust enforcers in turf war | Facebook details new oversight board | Apple fights EU tax bill MORE (R-Ky.) to bring a House-passed background check bill up for a vote. 
 
"Today, Peter King, a Republican, myself, a Democrat, are here to say enough is enough. We are calling on Leader McConnell to bring the bill that passed the House ... to the floor of the Senate ASAP," Schumer said during the press conference. 
 
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"If that bill comes to the floor of the Senate I believe it will pass," Schumer added. 
 
The House passed a universal background check bill earlier this year. It also passed legislation that would extend the amount of time a gun seller has to wait for a background check to clear before they can sell a firearm from three days to 10 days. 
 
But the bills stalled in the Senate, where background check legislation has an uphill path to getting the 60 votes needed to pass after a failed vote in 2013. GOP Sens. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns MORE (Pa.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Congress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance MORE (Maine) are the only remaining Republicans in the Senate who voted for the 2013 background check bill. 
 
McConnell didn't specifically address background check legislation in a statement released on Monday night but warned against "partisan theatrics." 
 
"Only serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work and produce further legislation that can pass the Senate, pass the House, and earn the president’s signature," he said. 
 
Democrats and some Republicans are clamoring for McConnell to pass gun legislation in the wake of last weekend's mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. 
 
Asked what was holding up the House bill, Schumer said "Leader McConnell is not putting it on the floor. That's what's holding it back. That's it."
 
President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE indicated in a tweet on Monday morning that he supports stronger background checks, but he didn't mention a proposal in his remarks from the White House instead focusing on rejecting white supremacy and combating mental health issues. 
 
King urged Trump to publicly push McConnell to bring the House bill to the floor for a vote. The Senate is currently out of session and not expected to return until early September. 
 
"Let it come to a vote on the Senate floor and let the chips fall where they may," King said. 
 
Schumer added that it would be "great" if Trump "would tell Leader McConnell to put it on the floor."