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 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 (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingHouse panel advances flavored e-cigarette ban Hillicon Valley: Schumer questions Army over use of TikTok | Federal court rules against random searches of travelers' phones | Groups push for election security funds in stopgap bill | Facebook's new payment feature | Disney+ launch hit by glitches The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony MORE (R-N.Y.) rallied at a Walmart parking lot Tuesday to urge 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.) 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 CollinsOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families 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 TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report 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."