Trump says he is convinced Senate leader wants background checks bill

People pray and pay their respects at the makeshift memorial for victims of the shooting that left a total of 22 people dead at the Cielo Vista Mall Wal Mart in El Paso Texas

People pray and pay their respects at the makeshift memorial for victims of the shooting that left a total of 22 people dead at the Cielo Vista Mall Wal Mart in El Paso Texas

Democrats pressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday to approve House-passed legislation expanding background checks and to take other steps curbing guns, in an offensive fueled by public outrage over this month's mass killings in Texas and Ohio.

While it's highly unlikely that Trump will retreat from efforts to fund his long-promised border wall, the move by Schumer (D-N.Y.) is created to keep a focus on the Republican response to the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.

In an interview earlier this month, McConnell told a Kentucky radio station that the Senate will put the issues of background check legislation in addition to "red flag" laws "front and center" when the body reconvenes after its summer recess, but indicated that the Senate will not return early from recess, despite demands from Democratic lawmakers.

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia argued that McConnell is trying to run out the clock. "But the other 99 United States senators can force him to do something, and I would urge them to do so". "How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died", Hoyer said, pausing for effect.

Schumer's office said Tuesday he will formally request the funding go toward research on gun violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and bolstering Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation programs to counter extremism and domestic terrorism.

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Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer is expected to formally petition President Trump to withdraw his request for $5 billion in border-wall funding and redirect the funds to combat "the dual scourges of gun violence and violent white supremacist extremism".

U.S. Democrats sought to gain the upper hand in the gun debate with President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans on Tuesday by demanding quick action on background checks and suggesting that money for Trump's border wall could go instead to fighting domestic terrorism.

The White House has threatened that Trump would veto that bill, which the Democratic-led House approved largely along party lines.

"He doesn't have to vote for it", Hoyer said of McConnell.

But Mr. Trump also said he's not sure what kind of partner he'll find in Democrats.

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