McConnell signals support for gun safety framework as Cornyn defends compromise he helped negotiate by saying it is NOT a national red flag law and Schumer calls on the Senate to work with ‘urgency’
- ‘I’m comfortable with the framework,’ McConnell said
- It has been called a first step by the White House and Democratic leaders
- Schumer wants to act with ‘urgency’
- Senate goes on recess for July 4
‘For myself, I’m comfortable with the framework and if the legislation ends up reflecting the framework, I’ll be supportive,’ McConnell told reporters Tuesday.
He joins 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats who reached agreement on a deal that funds mental health programs and counselors, provides funds for school security, and provides funds for states that enact ‘red flag laws,’ and expand background checks to include juvenile records for those under 21.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer is calling on the chamber to act with ‘urgency,’ with a July 4th recess approaching.
‘I spoke with Senator (Chuck) Schumer this morning. He said he would like to have this bill ready to vote on next week and I’m certainly with him in terms of that aspirational goal,’ said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas.)
‘For myself, I’m comfortable with the framework and if the legislation ends up reflecting the framework, I’ll be supportive,’ said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Having McConnell would put proponents beyond the 10 GOP votes they need to overcome a Republican filibuster which has stymied broader gun control legislation, and requiring a 60 vote supermajority to take up the measure or conclude debate.
The bill provides funds to assist states with red flag laws. Cornyn pushed back on what he called ‘misinformation’ that the bill was even encouraging such laws.
‘None of what we are proposing would create a national red flag law,’ he said.
Lawmakers, aided by committee staff, still must turn the agreement into legislative language.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) defended the compromise provisions to help states pay for red flag laws
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, is calling for speedy action on the measure
‘While more is needed, this package will take steps to save lives,’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday about the package
Schumer said negotiators ‘are working with the urgency the situation demands and they are hopeful the legislative texts can be finalized in the coming days.’
Even reaching completion on a deal by this week would only start the clock on Senate consideration amid a Republican filibuster.
That could put House action after the break.
‘While more is needed, this package will take steps to save lives,’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday about the package.
Negotiators redoubled their efforts following mass shootings in Uvalde Texas and Buffalo, amid Biden’s demands for an assault weapons ban and other measures. The House passed broad gun control legislation that also raised the age to 21 for assault weapons purcheass.