Posted: 9:50 pm Sunday, July 10th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
As lawmakers in Congress work a final week in Washington, D.C. before a legislative break that will take them until after Labor Day, look for members of both parties to continue to jab at each over gun violence, especially in the wake of last week’s police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana and the attack in Dallas that killed five police officers.
For Democrats in the Congress, gun control is an issue that they’ve rallied around more and more in recent weeks, as they try to put Republicans on the defensive over their opposition to almost any plan that sniffs of limits on firearms.
— Rep. Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) July 9, 2016
Some Democrats are also calling on the GOP to bring up legislation dealing with ‘national police reforms’ – arguing that too often blacks are being wrongly killed by police officers.
“Black teens were 21 times as likely as white teens to be shot and killed by police between 2010 and 2012,” said Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).
— Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) July 8, 2016
But for Republicans, the answer to recent violence is a much different response, and frankly neither party seems to be ready to occupy any middle ground on the matter in this election year.
In other words – expect more finger pointing, and not much in the way of legislation that gets to the desk of President Obama.
As for possible votes on gun control, House Republicans remain divided on whether to even take a small step on guns that would block those on the ‘no fly’ terrorist list from being allowed to buy a weapon in the United States.
That internal division last week postponed plans to bring a bill up for a vote in the House on the matter; the measure is at this point not listed on the schedule for this week.
Because lawmakers are ready to leave town for the political conventions, and won’t be back until September – think about this week in Congress as one that will frame basic arguments of each party before they go home to campaign.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.