Pelosi, Schumer Joint Statement on President’s Statement on Recent Mass Shootings in El Paso, Dayton

August 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement after President Trump delivered remarks on the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton:

"In February, the new Democratic House Majority promptly did its duty and passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which is supported by more than 90 percent of the American people and proven to save lives.

"However, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has called himself the ‘grim reaper’ and refuses to act on this bipartisan legislation.  It is incumbent upon the Senate to come back into session to pass this legislation immediately.

"It took less than three hours for the President to back off his call for stronger background check legislation.  When he can’t talk about guns when he talks about gun violence, it shows the President remains prisoner to the gun lobby and the NRA.

"The public must weigh in and demand passage of this legislation for the safety of our children."