Engel Calls for McConnell to Reconvene Senate and Vote on Gun Legislation

Engel Calls for McConnell to Reconvene Senate and Vote on Gun Legislation
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Eliot L. Engel joined House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House colleagues today to demand Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reconvene the Senate to vote on H.R. 8, legislation that would require a background check for every gun sale or transfer, with very explicit and limited exceptions.
“It has been over 5 months since the House has passed this bipartisan, common-sense gun control bill, and still no action from Mitch McConnell,” Engel said. “It is beyond outrageous and irresponsible that the Senate has yet to take up this bill. Moreover, the fact that ‘Moscow Mitch’ said he will not call back the Senate to take up gun legislation is unacceptable.
“Our nation continues to be rocked by gun violence, as the recent attacks in El Paso and Dayton demonstrate. They join a long list of communities impacted by senseless gun violence. House Democrats have acted on behalf of the nation, while the Republican-led Senate have offered nothing more than thoughts and prayers. As a proud lifetime ‘F’ rated member by the NRA, I join my House colleagues in calling on Senator McConnell and the GOP to take up H.R. 8 and finally pass some meaningful gun reform. They need to remember they work on behalf of the American people, not the NRA.”
A member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Engel also co-signed a letter with House colleagues addressed to Senator McConnell urging him to immediately reconvene the Senate in order to vote on gun violence prevention measures.