tv Sen. Schumer Speaker Pelosi Background Checks News Conference CSPAN September 10, 2019 4:44am-5:07am EDT
administration economic record and how it could impact the 2020 election. we will talk with delegate named first cherokee nation delegate to congress and a chief he cherokee nation about native representation. a front line on flint issues with contaminated water. that is live at 7:00 eastern morning. join the discussion. >> senate minority leader chuck pelosi held a cy briefing on gun violence urging mcconditional -- mcconnell to bring up a bill. is just over a half hour. you.hank welcome.
>> let's get started. proud to be joined by f course my friend and colleague speaker pelosi, mayor waely from dayton. to thank my colleague nowtors brown and establish and escobar from el paso, texas thompson who tive chairs the gun violence task force. too many americans are losing lives it gun violence and oo many families are weeping because of loved ones. at the airport today a gentleman over and said thank you for what you are doing. to gun y never few
violence. americans are suffering from gun from the abundance of violen violence. shootings mass laimed 51 lives in el paso, fl on and odessa to say nothing by those on a daily basis. enough is enough. congress is returning to session the first orders of business in the senate should be to pass -- the house passed bipartisan background collection act. hr -- 8. it makethe quickest way a law that will save american ives in terms of what is both effective and can pass. intersection of what is effective and what can pass. perspective, we must close the loophole in or make ound check system to other gun safety laws effective.
-- i was the of the brady law. away didn't know about online show off ows were to antique gaps and these loopholes 40% of gun sales and those who want to get around a felons or check spousal abusers go on line or go gun shows. you can pass a strong red flag largely t is ineffective if loopholes exist because you would be reds and you can go on line and get gun. -- checks are the base. is paramount to pass the house bill as part of with fille because it up the most egregious loop allow criminals,
-- becausersers to to get gunsment two people in make sure the pwropd -- background check bill passes. donald trump and mitch mcconnell. it s totally up to them and is on their shoulders. they can't escape that responsibility. eader mcconnell determines the sena senate as baste. he refused to bring them in fter the shoots he might have hoped it with fizzle out. that won't happen because mass occurring all the time. the issue of gun safety is going center until we do something meaningful. whether ion now is leader mcconnell will allow the senate it consider the house check bill on nd
the senate floor. that is the number one question this capitol as we return. for now leaders mcconnell says to president trump. if the president took a position on a bill he said i would be the floor.t it on that might seem like an attempt blame but it means that president trump has an historic opportunity to save by indicating his support for the house passed we will. have r pelosi and i repeatedly and personally asked him to do this. he can lead his party to support omething that the n.r.a. has prevented republicans from supporting for years. why we sent the letter to him urging him to give also pass political cover to meaningful background check legislation. we have a message for president trump now. president trump, this bill is it is sense,
overwhelmingly supported by gun rats, republicans, owners and those who don't own guns. many, many, save many american lives. announce trump, if you your support, we can get something incredible done for .he american people the time to act is now. speaker pelosi. >> thank you very much for bringing us together this stating that our first order of business is to save passing hopefully in the senate the bill passed in for gun violence prevention. leaders in was the the house when this legislation was passed in the 1990's. rest of us were his lieutenants who ran around trying to get votes but he took on passing very progressive legislation at that time. indicated, since that time
there have been ways to evade background checks. the online sales are a new phenomenon. this is just to be clear a -8 named webill hr ecause when gabby gifford's town meeting was assaulted by gun violence and people died. listen of the taskmpson the chair of our force put there bill together in a bipartisan way. passed it, isn't it to the bill which companion modifies the timetable. simple.k it is nline sales, person to person sales which was one of the most violence episodes
where somebody bought it from a person, onlineit and gun shows. so, this isn't radical. it is an expansion of what has been successful already. we pass our bills and these incidents occur during break i and askedhe president him to call the senate back immediately to pass thompson's bill, hr-8, and clyburn's legislation. he said i will talk to leader mcconnell about getting something done. i had the impression that he that lives were at stake. president, to he leader mcconnell is the following. there isn't anyone in this institution or anywhere else in whose political
survival is more important than the survival of our children and communities. we are not taking no for an answ answer. going away. leading up to this the first did i of our session coming back district work period i ant to report how proud i am that across the countries hundreds of meetings were held, whether town meeting, press whatever, to speak out to pass this legislation. 0% of the public supports it including gun owners, members of n.r.a. and the rest. the president's 90-some opposed to it percent of people support it. again asking ce the grim reaper, informing the that these bills are
ande and well in the public that public sentiment with -- will weigh in. e'll make there issue too hot for him to handle but some of the gun violence prevention have upped the ante even further to passed, is bill is not mitch mcconnell and the epublicans in the senate and president will have hell to pay. get it save time and done now. we have important reasons why. about the mass shootings and they are stunningly heart breaking. the countryy across un violence occurs that this bill could prevent. i was so moved by "washington the article rning missyed y and her twin brother
close, honor students in high scho school. buy some cereal or something and never came back. i wish you would read that. wish the president would read .hat to see how this hits home nobody can tell as you story about or more recently that than our next presenter, v.i.p. here today. senator brown calls her the best america. i don't know if i would spread but that's out ohio with he just said. et us welcome the mayor of dayton. thank you. >> thank you. good afternoon. 'm certainly grateful for
leade leader schumer and speaker -- si for varietying invitationi inviting me. we believe he is the best senator in the country. he is the best senator from ohio. >> there you go. while the senate and house are getting back to work i wish i dayton but we n have come to get one thing done get an up or down vote on hr -- hr-8. his morning i got a note from monday can whose mother heard i was coming and isn't me a text message go get them. that is how victim families feel about this work. the victims who are still trying to get their levers together feel about this work. us to do something.
this is why i'm here today and ling the senate it act on what the house passed in february. ince february gilroy, virginia beach, dayton. and midlands.a what will happen next week or -- week after. anything else that nine of 10 americans agree on hr-8.es i'm here for the citizens of dayton who called us that night to do something. is something that can be done and will save lives. to be -- i'm grateful to be here and hope to soon.ack to dayton >> senator brown. >> thank you. mayor, thank you. a lot of coverage to a young midwestern mayor recently and you should be
paying attention to there one, too. theere of -- to this one, too. it is great to be with all of my colleagues. one sunday morning in august in ie and i woke up cleveland and saw what happened in dayton. i called the mayor immediately she said that she had lready heard from literally several dozen mayoral colleagues who had e country many shootings in their community all many ize with dayton giving instructions and deas,and thoughts about what she should do. that is the story too often in our country. the 3 1/2 i drove hours to go to dayton that day with n the day there nan. we didn't see family victims day but three days later i
ame back with the president on air force one at wright patterson air force base. greeted him as did other elected officials. we were at the bottom of the one.s of air force we looked him in the eye and please call ident store mcconnell and ask him to bring the senate back and that you will sign the bill, the house bill that has assed, you will sign that bill this week. the president said he would do something. nan and i and others joined the president at he hospital as he met with families, with some in their injured, some serious injuries, a number of people came back that will less injuries. we know that 40 gunshots were 31 seconds and after
the president left the room the left the and all of us room where the police officers heralded as heroes which they decidedly were. the first shot until they killed the shooter lives. dozens of more after president left that room i said to the president -- he said have the biggest -- medal nal medicine ever. theid the way to honor them most important way is to pass the legislation that the house has passed, and get this through, and help us pass it, and call senator mcconnell and do it this week. mayor whaley said the same things to the president. again, he said he was going to do something big. but we know after he came back to washington and met with the gun lobby, we know what happened. we've got.
-- but we've got to act. rally,ght in dayton at a an impromptu vigil and rally, people began to shout, began to chant, "do something. do something. do something." and this is our chance. this is our chance for the senate to do something this week. a chance for the country to do something. a chance for the president to pass commonsense gun legislation. it starts with background checks. other things we need to do in terms of commonsense legislation. there is no reason we need to delay. we need to do something now. it is my pleasure to introduce congresswoman escobar, who i have watched from afar. i only met her today, but i have seen her on tv. i have seen her in the space of only eight months play a significant national role in this debate and on immigration issues and other issues. my pleasure to present congresswoman escobar. rep. escobar: thank you. good afternoon. thank you all so much for being here.
madam speaker and leader schumer , thank you for calling us together on this first day back from our in-district work period. representative thompson, thank you for h.r. 8 and the leadership you have shown. you know, i returned to el paso ready for a very productive and important district work period, where i intended to spend all of august meeting with my constituents about lowering the cost of prescription drugs, about health care, about immigration, about all the things that my community has been talking about, and that we have been discussing at town hall meetings and at various community events. and instead of being able to do that, the first saturday back from washington in el paso, texas, as i was at a town hall meeting with my constituents, i learned that there was an active shooter at walmart. the three weeks that followed that were three weeks of
funerals, of sitting by people's bedside, praying with families, talking to constituents who are scared, and who don't understand why this had to happen. and what i kept hearing over and over and over again from el pasoans was, why. why did this happen? why haven't you done something to stop this? why hasn't the senate majority leader felt our pain? i have had constituents ask me, what is it going to take for mitch mcconnell to see the blood that we saw spilled in our community, and to feel the torturous pain that we have felt as we have tried to recover from something that has deeply traumatized a beautiful, vibrant, magical community. and it is a very difficult
question to answer, because, truly, as the speaker mentioned, when the vast majority of americans agree on something, and it doesn't take tremendous courage to take action on what people are demanding of us, we have to wonder why. what is stopping action from happening? how many more lives have to be taken in my state? days after el paso, when we got the notice that someone who failed a background check and who purchased a gun through a loophole that could have been closed with h.r. 8, that there was more blood on the streets in texas. more blood on the hands of those who choose not to take action. we have to do something.
and the american people are demanding that of us. and we deserve to take that action. you know, i have heard people tell me while h.r. 8 could have prevented odessa, it would not have prevented el paso. h.r. 8 is the beginning of what americans want from their congress. it is the beginning of what they want from their government. and perhaps that is why mr. mcconnell is so afraid, because it is the beginning of what the american people want over the long-term. they want change. they want a country that is safe. they want communities where they can walk without fear of assault weapons or people who should not have access to guns. we are going to be unrelenting. we are not going to stop until we deliver the safety that this country deserves and until
people in my community know that their government works for them, and not the special interest groups. announcer: today the house judiciary committee convenes to consider a number of gun violence prevention bills. follow on c-span3, on c-span.org , or listen free on the c-span radio app. announcer: wednesday marks the terrorsary of the 9/11 attacks. andrew card spoke about the moment he informed president bush about the attacks while he was speaking in florida. david: you are going to be remembered forever for a scene that has been played over on television from time to time. when 9/11 happened, you were with president bush,