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US House Judiciary Cmte to cut recess short to markup gun violence bills

WASHINGTON, The US House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced Friday that he is calling the Committee back into session before recess is over “to address the issue of gun violence prevention.” The House Judiciary Committee will mark up a series of bills on September 4 “to help respond to the growing problem of gun violence,” and on September 25, the Committee will hold a hearing on “military-style assault weapons.” In this regard, Nadler said in a statement “for far too long, politicians in Washington have only offered thoughts and prayers in the wake of gun violence tragedies. To keep our communities safe, we must act.

“Although we know the issue of gun violence won’t be fixed overnight, there are steps Congress can and must take to address it,” he stressed.

He indicated that House Democrats “ushered in a new era this Congress where we swiftly passed landmark, bipartisan legislation to strengthen the gun background check system and close loopholes.” He noted that it has been over 160 days since those bills passed the House and have awaited passage in the Senate. “It’s shameful that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring the Senate back to take up this legislation.” “While we urge our Senate colleagues to act, Democrats in the House will continue to make good on our promise to work to keep our communities safe,” he remarked.

This comes in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio earlier this month during which 31 people were killed and dozens other were wounded.

Source: Kuwait News Agency