Representative Susan Wild

Representing the 7th District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Wild, Colleagues Urge Senate to Take Up Bipartisan House-Passed Background Check Legislation

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August 7, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Following the recent mass tragedies caused by gun violence this past weekend, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) joined 213 of her House colleagues in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring the Senate back in session and urgently take up bipartisan background check legislation passed by the House of Representatives more than 150 days ago.

“It’s been more than 150 days since the House passed life-saving, bipartisan background check legislation and it is simply inexcusable that these bills still sit on the Senate’s doorstep,” Wild said. “An overwhelming majority of the American people agree with my colleagues and I that universal background checks are an essential start to slowing the gun violence epidemic in the United States. We need comprehensive gun reform in this country, and we cannot afford to wait a second longer.”

The letter, led by Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, urges Senate Majority Leader McConnell 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 have the support of more than 90 percent of the American people,” wrote the lawmakers in the letter. “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 many others who will never make the headlines. This inaction must stop. We know background checks save lives. 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.”

Wild is a cosponsor of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act which passed the House in February and voted to pass the Enhanced Background Checks Act.

 

The full letter is available here and below.

 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell

Majority Leader

United States Senate

The Capitol, S-230

Washington, DC 20500

 

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.

 

MIKE THOMPSON

Chairman, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

 

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