White House officials have been quietly meeting with aides to Republican and Democratic senators on gun control legislation, and President Trump is personally involved.
Staffers for Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., have been in talks with Joe Grogan’s Domestic Policy Council and White House legislative affairs Director Eric Ueland, according to Politico. All three senators have also spoken privately with President Trump.
Aides to Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, have also communicated with the White House.
Washington has been under increasing pressure to move on gun control legislation in wake of three mass shootings in recent weeks.
Toomey and Manchin are hoping to revive legislation they wrote after the Sandy Hook massacre that expands background checks to include gun show and internet sales.
House Democrats passed a bill in February that goes a step further by banning private sales from non-licensed dealers, excluding some family transactions and loans. The House bill, however, has little Republican support.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will consider legislation on background checks and “red flag” laws, which would allow law enforcement to take guns away from people considered dangerous, when it returns from its August recess.
Author: Caitlin Yilek
Source: Washington Examiner: Trump talking directly with senators about gun control legislation