Congress returns from recess with guns, trade, shutdown on agenda

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer harshly criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday for blocking gun control legislation that is backed by the vast majority of Americans.

Lawmakers face a slate of new business, but perhaps none more prominent or pressing than the rising trend of shooting attacks in the United States.

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, who represents El Paso, noted that the Odessa shooter used such a loophole to buy the assault rifle he used in his August 31 rampage, and condemned those who have opposed closing that gap.

While Democrats attempted to build pressure on Republicans to enact gun control throughout the recess, Sen.

Pelosi of California and Schumer of NY referred to comments made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this month that if Trump "took a position on a bill, so that we knew we would actually be making a law, and not just having serial votes, I'd be happy to put it on the floor". McConnell declined, saying he first needed approval from President Donald Trump.

Schumer said he supports the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, but said "felons shouldn't get guns".

Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in a letter to Trump released Monday urged the president to intervene and take the lead on gun violence legislation.

"We have a responsibility to make our schools, shopping centers, houses of worship and other public places safer".

"The American people are crying out for their elected representatives to stop the epidemic of murder and mayhem that is shattering families and communities across the country".

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"We implore you to seize this moment when your leadership and influence over Republicans in Congress on the issue of guns is so critical", they wrote in the letter.

Schumer stressed that "I think we [can] pass the bill, [because] even a very conservative Republican legislator like Patrick Toomey is for it", if only McConnell allows it to come up for a vote.

The bills being considered by the House Judiciary committee include measures that would limit access to high capacity gun magazines and block any person convicted of a hate crime from obtaining a firearm.

"I'm still negotiating in good faith to find a bipartisan proposal that will expand checks to cover more commercial sales and save lives, and I continue to take the president at his word that he wants the same thing", Murphy, D-Connecticut, stated.

Two weeks ago, the Department of Justice offered a set of recommendations to the White House.

Negotiations between the Trump administration and Congress on the new USMCA trade agreement are expected to pick up. Democrats controlling the House are proposing a government-wide temporary funding bill to prevent a federal shutdown at month's end and to give the slow-moving Senate time to act on $1.4 trillion worth of spending bills that fill in the details on this summer's bipartisan budget and debt deal. But both chambers still need to approve the spending bills for federal agencies.

Also on the White House list are the annual spending bills, including the measure to keep the Homeland Security Department functioning after it and several others were shuttered earlier this year. While Senate Republicans plan to work on those bills this week, there's little time to sort out the differences between the House and Senate bills. "Fewer people, in the end, will leave!"

Monday, the president marked the return by encouraging House Republicans to allow heads of committees to serve for longer than six years. While that has its own problems, it is a better way to go.

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