President Donald Trump has escalated his escalade on Capitol Hill, pushing the nation’s top legislative body to a vote on an amendment that would give the Senate a one-year grace period to act on a gun control bill.
The House voted by a narrow margin Thursday to approve the amendment, which is expected to be sent to the Senate for consideration.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been working on the legislation, but has been told it won’t pass because it doesn’t have enough votes.
The amendment, introduced by Sens.
Pat Toomey (R.I.) and Kelly Ayotte (R.-N.H.), would require the Senate to vote on a “one-year” sunset provision for gun-control legislation before Congress can take up the legislation.
But that provision has been rejected by Democrats.
Trump is also pushing for a delay on gun sales to keep lawmakers in line.
Democrats say the delay would be detrimental to the president’s reelection bid.
They say the expiration of the expiration is not a political move but rather a constitutional requirement.
A delay of a day or two is a real possibility if Democrats and the president are not able to agree on the amendment.
Trump and McConnell both support the amendment and said they would vote for it if it was passed.
Toomeer, a longtime gun rights advocate, is leading a successful challenge of a federal judge’s order that President Donald J. Trump halt the executive order.
Toomesy said the amendment will help Democrats win the White House in 2020.
Trump has already taken aim at Democrats and GOP leaders in the Senate, saying they have failed to pass gun control legislation in a bipartisan manner.
“I am determined to hold on to the mantle of American leadership for our nation,” Trump said in a statement Thursday.
“The time has come to act.”
Toomeers amendments would block the implementation of a proposed rule on gun safety in the Federal Register, which was signed by President Barack Obama in April.
The rule would require that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) develop plans for the prevention of gun violence, such as tracking and reporting on domestic abusers.
Toomess, who represents Toomeys home state of Pennsylvania, says the rule is necessary to prevent mass shootings and domestic violence, and has called for more oversight.
ToOMEY: I am determined, and we are going to do what we have to do to defeat this bill.
Trump on the Hill: I don’t care about the rules.
The Hill’s Emily Swanson reports.