Democrats push for Senate vote on background check legislation


WASHINGTON D.C. (WEHT) – Congress is on summer recess but a group of Democratic lawmakers were on Capitol Hill Tuesday to demand the Senate follow through on recent promises to expand background checks for gun buyers.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers and those personally impacted by gun violence demanded action on gun control.

In March 2018, Jaxon O’Mara said her community was changed forever by a shooting at her high school in Great Mills, Maryland.

“Jaylen Wiley was a light in our community. Her family is really incredible. On March 20, a student entered our school with his father’s Glock and fatally shot her,” O’Mara said.

That tragedy and the most recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio inspired O’Mara to speak out and put a face to the names of gun violence victims.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said, “The time is not for a moment of silence. The time for the Senate is to act.”

Hoyer said it’s time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to allow a Senate vote on the background check bill already passed by the House.

President Trump has signaled support for background check legislation, but the path to getting a bill passed remains unclear.

“I am convinced that Mitch wants to do something. I’ve spoken with Mitch McConnell… I don’t know, frankly, that the Democrats will get us there,” the president said.

Sen. McConnell said no action will be taken until after the Senate returns next month.

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(This story was originally published on August 13, 2019)

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