Congress is officially not handling any business for the remainder of the month, as most lawmakers are going home to meet with constituents during the August recess.
A group of mayors from around the country, however, want them to go back to Washington.
In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) as well as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), a group of more than 200 mayors wrote that it was imperative that action be taken now to pass a bill that would strengthen gun background checks, PBS NewsHour reported.
“Our nation can no longer wait for our federal government to take the actions necessary to prevent people who should not have access to firearms from being able to purchase them,” the letter stated.
More than 200 mayors have signed a letter to Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer urging them to cancel the Senate's August recess and address gun control after last weekend's mass shootings.https://t.co/PVfRd1vNsQ
— Axios (@axios) August 8, 2019
The letter was signed by a number of mayors representing cities from across the nation. Notably, Mayor Dee Margo of El Paso, Texas, and Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio, also signed the letter. The two cities witnessed mass shootings last weekend, which collectively resulted in more than 30 individuals being killed by gunmen within a matter of minutes.
McConnell hasn’t demonstrated support for a background checks bill, but said that the Senate would reconvene in September to consider the matter, NBC News reported.
As previously detailed at HillReporter.com, President Donald Trump has expressed his willingness to consider background checks earlier this week. However, Trump has made such comments after similar tragedies that have happened before, and failed to follow through. He also threatened to veto legislation that the mayors are requesting the Senate to consider.
On Friday, Trump sent out a series of tweets that do not give any indication of which way he’s leaning on the issue at this moment. Within those tweets, he wrote “I have also been speaking to the NRA” about the issue of background checks, which the organization has traditionally stood against.
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