Letter to the Hon. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader - 213 Democratic members urge McConnell to hold a vote on bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation immediately

Letter

By: Gwen Moore, Mark Pocan, Denny Heck, Adam Smith, Kim Schrier, Pramila Jayapal, Derek Kilmer, Rick Larsen, Suzan DelBene, Stacey Plaskett, Gerry Connolly, Jennifer Wexton, Don Beyer, Jr., Abigail Spanberger, Donald McEachin, Bobby Scott, Elaine Luria, Filemon Vela, Jr., Marc Veasey, Sylvia Garcia, Henry Cuellar, Sheila Jackson Lee, Veronica Escobar, Vicente Gonzalez, Al Green, Lizzie Fletcher, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Joe Cunningham, Jim Langevin, David Cicilline, Mike Doyle, Jr., Conor Lamb, Matt Cartwright, Susan Wild, Chrissy Houlahan, Mary Scanlon, Madeleine Dean, Dwight Evans, Brendan Boyle, Kurt Schrader, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Tim Ryan, Marcia Fudge, Marcia Kaptur, Joyce Beatty, Brian Higgins, Joe Morelle, Paul Tonko, Antonio Delgado, Sean Maloney, Nita Lowey, Eliot Engel, José Serrano, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Adriano Espaillat, Carolyn Maloney, Max Rose, Jerry Nadler, Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries, Nydia Velázquez, Grace Meng, Gregory Meeks, Kathleen Rice, Thomas Suozzi, Steven Horsford, Susie Lee, Dina Titus, Ben Lujan, Jr., Deb Haaland, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Mikie Sherrill, Don Payne, Jr., Bill Pascrell, Jr., Albio Sires, Tom Malinowski, Frank Pallone, Jr., Joshua Gottheimer, Andy Kim, Donald Norcross, Ann Kuster, Chris Pappas, Alma Adams, David Price, G. K. Butterfield, Jr., Emanuel Cleaver II, Lacy Clay, Jr., Ilhan Omar, Betty McCollum, Dean Phillips, Angie Craig, Brenda Lawrence, Rashida Tlaib, Debbie Dingell, Haley Stevens, Andy Levin, Elissa Slotkin, Dan Kildee, Chellie Pingree, Jamie Raskin, David Trone, Anthony Brown, John Sarbanes, Dutch Ruppersberger, Bill Keating, Stephen Lynch, Ayanna Pressley, Seth Moulton, Katherine Clark, Joe Kennedy III, Lori Trahan, Jim McGovern, Richard Neal, John Yarmuth, Sharice Davids, André Carson, Cheri Bustos, Lauren Underwood, Bill Foster, Brad Schneider, Jan Schakowsky, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Danny Davis, Sean Casten, Mike Quigley, Chuy Garcia, Dan Lipinski, Robin Kelly, Bobby Rush, Cindy Axne, Dave Loebsack, Abby Finkenauer, Ed Case, David Scott, Lucy McBath, John Lewis, Hank Johnson, Jr., Donna Shalala, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Frederica Wilson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Sr., Kathy Castor, Charlie Crist, Jr., Val Demings, Darren Soto, Stephanie Murphy, Al Lawson, Jr., Lisa Blunt Rochester, Eleanor Norton, Jahana Hayes, Jim Himes, Rosa DeLauro, Joe Courtney, John Larson, Ed Perlmutter, Jason Crow, Joe Neguse, Diana DeGette, Susan Davis, Scott Peters, Juan Vargas, Mike Levin, Harley Rouda, Alan Lowenthal, Lou Correa, Katie Porter, Nanette Barragán, Maxine Waters, Mark Takano, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Gil Cisneros, Linda Sánchez, Raul Ruiz, Norma Torres, Jimmy Gomez, Ted Lieu, Grace Napolitano, Pete Aguilar, Brad Sherman, Tony Cárdenas, Adam Schiff, Judy Chu, Julia Brownley, Katie Hill, Salud Carbajal, T.J. Cox, Zoe Lofgren, Anna Eshoo, Ro Khanna, Jim Costa, Eric Swalwell, Jackie Speier, Barbara Lee, Mark DeSaulnier, Josh Harder, Jerry McNerney, Ami Bera, Doris Matsui, Mike Thompson, John Garamendi, Jared Huffman, Greg Stanton, Ruben Gallego, Ann Kirkpatrick, Tom O'Halleran, Terri Sewell, Jimmy Panetta
Date: Aug. 7, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

Dear Leader McConnell:

We strongly urge you to take immediate action to call the Senate back into session to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and H.R 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act.

In February, the new Democratic House Majority took swift action to pass these bipartisan bills which not only save lives, but also has the support of more than 90 percent of the American people. Since that time, you have allowed more than 150 days to pass and countless lives have been lost including those most recently lost in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois and the many others who will never make the headlines.

This inaction must stop. We know background checks save lives. Every day background checks stop more than 170 felons and 50 domestic abusers from getting a gun. Any delay to pass commonsense gun violence prevention legislation only increases the chances that more innocent people in America may suffer from the tragic and needless loss caused by gun violence.

Again, we urge you to follow the leadership of the House Democratic Majority and immediately come back into session to pass H.R 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, that could prevent dangerous criminals from obtaining weapons and save lives.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter of great urgency to the American people.


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