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Sen. Chris Murphy listens to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) are planning to put forward “the boldest legislation possible” for gun reform that can still receive Republican support, a source briefed on the meeting told Axios.

Why it matters: A big concern among many Democrats is that, as history has shown, the more time that elapses after a mass shooting, the harder it is to maintain momentum for meaningful political change.

The decision and strategy emerged after the two met privately Thursday.

  • The meeting followed the mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado, over the past two weeks that left 18 dead.

What to watch: While there's no indication of specific timing, the two will use the next several weeks to reach out to members from both parties and then put the measure on the floor for a vote.

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Schumer lays out Senate's next top legislative priorities

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) laid out the Senate's April legislative priorities on Tuesday, saying that Democrats will attempt to work with Republicans but the caucus would find a way to move forward.

What he's saying: "We will try to work with our Republican colleagues on a bipartisan basis when and where we can. But if they choose to obstruct, rather than work with us to deliver for American families, we must make progress nonetheless. Failure is not an option," Schumer said in a letter to Senate Democrats.

Mar 24, 2021 - Podcasts

Gun control debate returns to Congress

Less a day after the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, President Joe Biden urged Congress to immediately pass gun control laws. But members of both parties have yet to find a way to compromise on legislation.

  • Plus, federal regulators clap back on AstraZeneca’s vaccine data.
  • And, Jalen Rose on the lack of Black coaches in professional sports.

Gun control groups join fight against filibuster

A hearse carries the body of Police Officer Eric Talley, killed in the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado. Photo: Chet Strange/Getty Images

Gun control groups are joining the progressive fight to end the filibuster as the Senate voting rule threatens their goal of passing comprehensive gun reform.

Why it matters: The House recently passed two gun bills, but neither stand a chance of getting the 60 votes needed in the 50-50 Senate. Senate Democrats have already been talking about getting rid of the filibuster to pass other legislation through a simple 51-vote majority.