Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy has requested unanimous adoption of the HR 8 Universal Background Review Act – a procedural step in which a bill can be skipped several steps, including the debate, without the need for the senators to comment on a single vote.
"We can not get by without 24 hours without the news of a mass shooting anywhere in America." My children and millions of others are hiding in the corners of their classroom or in their bathrooms to prepare for a mass shooting in their school, and that body It does not matter, "said Murphy, who represented Newtown voters in the House of Representatives at the time of the mass shooting in Sandy Hook Primary School in 201
2, on Thursday just before noon in the Senate.
The motion was blocked by Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, who argued that the bill should not be "exempted from consideration by the competent committee" by the Senate in the fast lane, said Hyde-Smith on Thursday
"If this so-called bipartisan common sense legislation was indeed drafted with strong bipartisan input, there should be no problems ordering it regularly," she added. "Many questions about this legislation need to be answered before they
Following Hyde-Smith's interventions, Murphy said, "I can not bring a bill to the ground in any other way than to make that request," Murphy said, citing Republican control of the committee. " And the American public is getting week by week, month by month In the month of February in the US House of Representatives, HR 8 would require background checks of all arms sales in the country. Currently, according to the federal law, only licensed arms dealers need to carry out background checks on anyone who wants to buy a firearm, leaving arms sales between individuals largely unregulated.
A gunman opened fire on Thursday morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita. Officials said they injured two dead and several others. The suspect is in custody and is being treated in a hospital, according to the Los Angeles County sheriff.
"We need to remedy this problem – currently Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnells is blocking bills that would do something about this epidemic," tweeted Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii early Thursday.
Afternoon. "Children should be safe at school, that's the least we can do."
Caroline Kelly and Clare Foran of CNN have contributed to this report.