Saturday, 24 August, 2019

Schumer says border wall money should be used to fight gun violence

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Patty Aguilar | 14 August, 2019, 03:37

Still, Democrats' moves underscore their focus on an issue that largely unites them - responding to the massacres that killed 31 people - and away from the party's hand-wringing over whether to impeach Trump, a question that deeply divides Democrats.

McConnell, R-Ky., came under the sharpest attacks at a news conference held by No. 2 House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., five other House Democrats and gun activists and survivors of shootings.

House Democrats renewed their demand that Republicans immediately reconvene the Senate and pass a background check bill that cleared the House six months ago.

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

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia argued that McConnell is trying to run out the clock.

"I am convinced that Mitch wants to do something", Trump told reporters as he prepared to depart New Jersey for an event in Pittsburgh.

President Trump is calling for "meaningful background checks" to keep firearms out of the hands of unsafe individuals.

Trump provided no details on what he and McConnell may have planned. He added, "He wants to do background checks and I do too".

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Upper Krishna catchment area received light to moderate rains and isolated places heavy rains, rainfall has significantly reduced. Of the 14 flood-battered districts in Kerala, Malappuram is the worst hit with the highest death toll of 29.

Xbox Project Scarlett to focus on high frame rates and 'playability'
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But Mr. Trump also said he's not sure what kind of partner he'll find in Democrats.

Some Republicans, though, have questioned the kind of background check legislation Mr. Trump appears to be backing.

"What we can't do is fail to pass something", McConnell said.

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.

The programs for which Schumer will suggest boosting funding include initiatives in the Department of Homeland Security to counter violent extremism; domestic terrorism investigations conducted by the FBI; and gun violence research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"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", Schumer said in a statement to Politico, which first reported the request.

Patrick Crusius, 21, accused of the El Paso shootings, has told authorities he was targeting Mexicans.

AP reporter Mary Clare Jalonick and congressional correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed.

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