House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that there would be “hell to pay” if Senate Republicans don’t pass a universal background check bill that was sent to them through her house of Congress.
“Some of the gun violence prevention groups have upped the ante even further to say that if this bill is not passed, Mitch McConnell and Republicans in the Senate and the president will have hell to pay,” Pelosi said at a press conference with other Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) according to The Hill. “So let’s save time.”
What courage does it take to pass legislation that will save lives? @SenateMajLdr McConnell must stop standing in the way of efforts to enact commonsense, bipartisan solutions to prevent gun violence.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 9, 2019
The push for the strengthened gun control laws have gained momentum in the aftermath of several recent mass shootings, including two in Texas, one in Ohio and another in California in recent weeks.
Both Pelosi and Schumer have been clear that they understand the roadblocks to the Democratic backed House bill will be from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump.
“It is totally up to them and it is on theirs shoulders, they can’t escape that responsibility,” Schumer said.
“A Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 89 percent of respondents, including 83 percent of Republicans, support requiring background checks for all potential gun buyers,” The Hill reported.
Pelosi also said on Monday that Democrats would make the issue “too hot” for McConnell to handle:
“We are not taking no for an answer. We are not going away,” she said.
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