McConnell tasks Texas senator to negotiate with Democrats on gun violence

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has asked Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to be part of a negotiation with Democrats for bipartisan talks on legislation against gun violence. 

According to a report by The Hill, McConnell said he hopes they will be able to reach an agreement on the type of legislation that would fend off mass shootings like the ones in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas that have taken place in just the last few days.

The minority leader, however, said that negotiations should take a turn off the proposals before the group and were not directly related to the violence in Texas.

“I met with Sen. Cornyn this morning,” he told a reporter for CNN, noting that Cornyn traveled to his home state Wednesday to meet with state officials and law enforcement in Uvalde.

“I’ve encouraged him to talk to Sen. Sinema, Sen. Murphy, and others who are interested in trying to get an outcome that’s directly related to the problem,” he said, referring to Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

“And so I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution that’s directly related to the facts of this awful massacre,” he said.

Background

According to McConnell’s statement, he is looking to come up with legislation that addresses the circumstances of shooting like the one in Texas, not one that advances the Democratic agenda alone:

“What I’ve asked Sen. Cornyn to do is to meet with the Democrats who are interested in getting a bipartisan solution and come up with a proposal, if possible, that’s crafted to meet this particular problem,” he said.

McConnell additionally spoke on the issue but declined to give his opinion on what amount of time Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) might allow for negotiations before bringing up gun control measures to the Senate floor.

The Senate leader expressed hope that a bipartisan bill could be passed:

“I’m going to keep in touch with them, and hopefully we can get an outcome that can actually pass and become law rather than just scoring points back and forth,” he said.

The meeting included Murphy, Sinema, Graham, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

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