Aug 6, 2019

Beto O'Rourke backs abolishing filibuster to pass gun control

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told Pod Save America Monday that he favors abolishing the filibuster in order to enact gun control legislation.

Why it matters: The former Texas congressman has been a vocal figure since a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart left 22 dead on Saturday. The event has triggered renewed attention to gun control legislation, with a focus on two background check bills passed by the House but not yet heard in the Senate.

What he's saying: When asked if he would be open to a gun buyback program, O'Rourke said, "Yes, and I'm open to them right now as a candidate. It absolutely has to be a part of the conversation. And if at the end of the day it's going to save lives... then let's move forward and do it."

The big picture: Congress is on August recess, but leading Democrats and some Republicans are calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to call the Senate back to session to hear the measures. McConnell is currently working from home while recovering from a fractured shoulder.

Go deeper: Where 2020 Democrats stand on gun control

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Harry Reid: Democrats should end the filibuster to take on climate change

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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told The Daily Beast that Democrats should kill the filibuster to pass climate change legislation if they take control of the Senate in 2020.

"[T]he No. 1 priority is climate change. There’s nothing that affects my children, grandchildren, and their children, right now, more than climate."
Go deeperArrowAug 8, 2019

Pelosi, Schumer urge Senate GOP to act on gun control after Texas shootings

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Washington, D.C., in July. Photo Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded to the drive-by mass shooting in West Texas by calling on the Senate to vote on gun control legislation.

Context: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has yet to bring a vote on 2 background check bills that passed the House over 5 months ago.

Go deeperArrowSep 1, 2019

Trump claims Mitch McConnell supports gun background checks

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President Trump said Tuesday he spoke with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) about background checks following this month's mass shootings, and he's "convinced" that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants to do something about the issue.

"There is nobody more pro-Second Amendment than Donald Trump, but I don’t want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac. And I think if we do proper background checks, we can prevent that."
— Trump's remarks to reporters
Go deeperArrowAug 14, 2019