Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on President Biden’s newly announced executive order to strengthen background checks and other commonsense safety measures. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Today, in Monterey Park, California, where sadly, unfortunately, tragically, a gunman murdered 11 people in January during Lunar New Year celebrations, President Biden will announce a new executive order to strengthen background checks and other commonsense gun safety measures. I commend President Biden for taking this much-needed step to fight the scourge of gun violence in our country.
After gunmen massacred dozens of people in Buffalo and Uvalde last year, the Senate defied the NRA and passed a bipartisan, commonsense, and lifesaving gun safety bill for the first time in decades. It was the first step Congress took since the Brady Bill in 1994, which I was proud to author and lead passage of, which mandated federal background checks on firearms.
Last year’s bipartisan gun safety bill was a good, long-overdue step of progress, but we must do more. Gun violence remains a devastating sickness that festers deep within the heart of our nation.
Democrats stand ready to keep working together to combat violence, and we hope a good number of our Republican colleagues will join us once again.
I hope my colleagues on the other side can free themselves from the vice grip of the NRA and the MAGA wing of the Republican Party and work with Democrats to pass more gun safety legislation in this Congress.