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 SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg Ginsburg in statement before her death said she wished not to be replaced until next president is sworn in Democrats call for NRA Foundation to be prohibited from receiving donations from federal employees MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingTrump holds private funeral service for brother Robert Trump at White House  Cheney clashes with Trump Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney MORE (R-N.Y.) rallied at a Walmart parking lot Tuesday to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy 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. 
 
 
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 TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy 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."