This week, Congress returned to D.C. after six weeks back in our home states hearing from communities about the priorities that matter most. In those six short weeks alone, three mass shootings devastated communities in Texas and Ohio.
I repeatedly called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back for an emergency session to take up House-passed legislation for universal background checks.
As countless lives continue to be lost to gun violence, my calls went unanswered.
We have been in session for almost a week, and there are still no signs that legislation will be brought to the Senate floor for a vote. For too long, lawmakers have ignored calls for change, despite the fact that nearly 90% of all Americans support universal background checks. Over the past month alone, I heard personally from countless Oregonians at my town halls across the state who want urgent action to stop gun violence. Background checks are part of the equation, but more must be done.
Inaction on gun violence is unacceptable.
I will continue to proudly wear my “F” grade from the NRA, fighting for change until all of my colleagues understand that we can’t afford to ignore this issue any longer, and stand up the powerful gun lobby once and for all.