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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 SchumerChuck SchumerBiden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney sideshow distracts from important battle over Democrats' partisan voting bill 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 MurphySweeping election reform bill faces Senate buzz saw Kabul attack spurs fears over fate of Afghan women as US exits Sen. Murphy calls for Yemen's Houthis to accept ceasefire following trip to Middle East 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 ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.), Joe ManchinJoe ManchinThe imminent crises facing Joe Biden Bipartisanship has become a partisan weapon New York, New Jersey, California face long odds in scrapping SALT  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.”