Schumer Wants Trump to Redirect $5B in Border Money to Gun Initiatives

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2019

Schumer wants the money to go to FBI domestic terrorism investigations, Department of Homeland Security initiatives to counter violent extremism, and federal health agency research on gun violence, the source said.

While it's highly unlikely that Trump will retreat from efforts to fund his long-promised border wall, the move by Schumer (D-N.Y.) is created to keep a focus on the Republican response to the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.

House Democrats renewed their demand that Republicans immediately reconvene the Senate and pass a background check bill that cleared the House six months ago.

Still, Democrats' moves underscore their focus on an issue that largely unites them - responding to the massacres that killed 31 people - and away from the party's hand-wringing over whether to impeach Trump, a question that deeply divides Democrats. The measure passed the Democratic-led House in February, getting only eight Republican votes. "It is not. But 95% of Americans support it because it's a significant step to take", said House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat. Instead, he has instructed the chairs of three Senate committees to work on legislation that can be debated when lawmakers return from their recess on September 9.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer is expected to formally petition President Trump to withdraw his request for $5 billion in border-wall funding and redirect the funds to combat "the dual scourges of gun violence and violent white supremacist extremism".

"We know exactly why he isn't here". McConnell has said that once Congress is back in session, legislation to expand background checks of prospective gun buyers and so-called red flag laws to allow firearms to be confiscated from people believed to pose a threat would be "front and center".

Trump also said he'd had "a very good conversation" with Sen.

Asked by CNN how concerned he was that the momentum to take action would dissipate by the end of recess, Hoyer dodged but made sure to note that House Democrats acted within a little over the first 30 days of their new majority this year by passing HR8. "It's the time for action", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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