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Schumer says there is no imminent vote on gun safety bills after Texas massacre

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., signaled Wednesday that the chamber will not vote quickly on a pair of background check bills passed by the House, giving Democrats and Republicans time to negotiate a possible but unlikely bipartisan deal to deal with a wave of the horrific mass shootings that have rocked the country in recent weeks.

“My fellow Republicans can work with us now. I know it’s a thin, very thin, too thin prospect – we’ve been burned so many times before – but it’s so important,” a skeptical Schumer told the Senate the day after 19 children and two adults. fatally shot at a South Texas elementary school.

Other Democrats, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., want to advance votes on gun safety legislation immediately, signing up their incalcitrant Republican colleagues.

But Schumer’s decision likely puts the issue on hold until after the Memorial Day congressional recess next week. The Democratic leader, however, has taken steps that give him the ability in the future to quickly introduce the background check bill in the Senate, but Democrats lack the 10 Republican votes needed to defeat a GOP filibuster. .

“I’m sympathetic to that,” Schumer said of calls for the Senate to vote on background check bills passed by the House. “I believe accountability votes are important. But unfortunately, this is not a case where the American people do not know where their senators are. They know.”

Noting that Democrats were “unlikely” to receive substantial support from fellow Republicans, Schumer encouraged Americans to take the issue to the polls.

“Americans can vote in November for senators or congressmen who reflect their position with guns blazing on this issue, this issue, at the top of the electoral rolls,” Schumer continued.

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