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Murphy Urges McConnell to Immediately Hold a Vote on Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Florida Congresswoman called on the Senate Leader to cancel the August break and take action

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Washington, August 7, 2019 | comments

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, joined a group of her colleagues in urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately 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. Both of these Murphy-backed bipartisan bills were passed by the House in February of this year and have been blocked for a vote by McConnell for more than 160 days.

“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,” wrote Murphy and her colleagues in their letter to Senator McConnell. “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.”

In 2017, nearly 40,000 Americans were killed by guns – of those nearly 3,000 were children and teens aged 0 to 19. On average, 35 people in America are murdered in acts of gun violence every single day.

Last year, Murphy successfully passed bipartisan legislation into law that essentially repeals the two-decade-old Dickey Amendment, paving the way for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to sponsor evidence-based research into ways to reduce gun violence. This year, she helped secure $50 million in legislation passed by the House to begin studying this growing epidemic.

The full text of the letter can be found 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.

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