President Donald Trump insists he and GOP want stronger gun background checks

Schumer will ask that Trump reallocate the border-wall funds funds, which he appropriated without congressional consent by declaring a national emergency, to programs such as the Department of Homeland Security counter-violent extremism programs, FBI domestic-terrorism investigations, and Centers for Disease Control gun-violence research, Politico reported on Monday. "Now Republicans and this administration need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to addressing gun violence and stopping the rise of domestic terrorism, especially stemming from white supremacy". While President Donald Trump and McConnell have expressed a new openness to unspecified gun curbs following the back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, their decisions will reflect the sentiment of fellow Republicans, not predictable pressure tactics by Democrats.

McConnell told a radio interviewer last week that calling the Senate back into session early would only lead to political posturing. But Democrats say they did already pass a background check bill in the House on a near-party line vote, so the main burden is on the GOP-led Senate to take action.

Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., said McConnell hadn't moved gun curb legislation because "he's waiting for the outrage to die down, the headlines to change, the people to turn the page and think about something else".

In a bid to keep pressure on the White House to respond to mass shootings, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is preparing to ask that President Trump withdraw a request for $5 billion in border wall funding and redirect the money toward programs that aim to reduce gun violence and white supremacist extremism.


Trump previously vowed to veto the bills, saying they infringed on Second Amendment rights, but he has said in recent days that he would like to see the passage of background-check legislation. "It is not. But 95% of Americans support it because it's a significant step to take", said House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat. "He wants to do background checks".

"We know exactly why he isn't here".

Trump also said he'd had "a very good conversation" with Sen. "It's the time for action", he said.

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