Nancy Pelosi: House will pass bipartisan gun legislation ‘soon’
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said the new Democrat-controlled House will pass bipartisan gun legislation “soon.”
“We will pass common sense gun violence prevention legislation soon, and...it will be bipartisan,” Mrs. Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference. The CaliforniaDemocrat is expected to win electionto Speaker of the House when the 116th Congress convenes in January.
Mrs. Pelosi spoke as relatives of victims of recent shootings gathered with congressional Democrats elsewhere on Capitol Hill to push Congress to action on the issue next year, as the sixth anniversary of the 2012 Newtown school shooting approaches.
Rep. Mike Thompson, a California Democrat who chairs a House “gun violence prevention task force,” echoed Mrs. Pelosi by saying that lawmakers would pass a bill strengthening gun-purchase background checks out of the House soon.
“It has taken the political class a half a decade to catch up, but they are finally there,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat. “We will get a bill passed through the House of Representatives.”
Mr. Murphy acknowledged Democrats don’t currently have the votes necessary to get everything they want passed through the GOP-controlled Senate, but that momentum is on the side of gun control in the wake of Democratic gains in the House during the 2018 midterms.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, said one of his first priorities in the new Congress will be to re-introduce a federal “red flag” bill he rolled out with GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham after the Parkland school shooting in February that would allow law enforcement or family members to petition a court to have guns taken away from someone thought to be a danger to themselves or others.
Democrats also say they want to take another look at language in annual spending bills that they say curbs the federal government’s ability to conduct research on gun violence.