Senate Democrats to hold the floor to protest inaction on gun violence

Senate Democrats to hold the floor to protest inaction on gun violence
© Greg Nash

Senate Democrats are planning to hold the floor on Tuesday evening for an hours-long talk-a-thon on the issue of gun violence.

The floor marathon comes as the White House is struggling to find a place to land in the weeks-long debate over potential gun-law reforms.

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“Many of my colleagues have seen their communities torn apart by gun violence; some by horrific mass shootings, others by a relentless, daily stream. Many of them have worked for years to bring commonsense gun safety measures before the Senate,” Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump administration installs plaque marking finish of 100 miles of border wall Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications MORE (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday, in announcing the plan from the Senate floor.

A Democratic aide said roughly two dozen senators would take part in the floor effort, which is being organized by Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' Iran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP MORE (D-Conn.). 

It’s hardly the first time Democrats have used the Senate floor to try to build public awareness of gun control issues. Murphy captured headlines in 2016 when he held the floor for roughly 15 hours. 

Most recently, the White House has been negotiating with 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 (R-Pa.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer Poll: West Virginia voters would view Manchin negatively if he votes to convict Trump Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week MORE (D-W.Va.) and Murphy on potentially expanding background checks for gun sales. 

“My sense is that the White House has not given up. ... I’m hopeful I’ll hear from them today,” Murphy said. “[But] there’s no smoke signals.”