Washington, D.C. – Today, following the House passage of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) issued the following statement on the importance of acting on this lifesaving legislation:
“Passing commonsense gun safety legislation has been a top priority of mine for as long as I’ve been in Congress. In the 25 years since I helped write the Brady Bill, Congress has not passed an overhaul of our background check system. That is why I am so proud to see the House pass this critical legislation that will take the long-overdue step of closing dangerous loopholes in the existing background check system to help keep all of our communities safe.
“For years, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell let the incredibly popular background checks legislation languish in the Senate without a vote. Now, with Democrats in the Majority, the Senate will finally have the opportunity to act on this critical issue. When I bring commonsense gun safety legislation to the Senate floor, my Republicans colleagues should support it.”