The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has decided that there are better things to do and next week is clearing the Senate floor for banking reform.
McConnell filed a motion for a procedural vote on Tuesday next week for legislation sponsored by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo. Then it is being reported that McConnell will move legislation to address sex trafficking.
For the better part of this week politicians including the President have been conducting meetings about gun control.
A Senate GOP aide has claimed that Democrats are blocking a bill that would strengthen background checks.
On Tuesday McConnell scolded Democrats for holding back a bill strengthening background checks.
“We tried to get it cleared yesterday, but the Democratic leader objected,” McConnell said.
Democrats shot back claiming that Republicans stopped the Cornyn-Murphy bill which would give local and federal authorities more incentive to report relevant information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
But, even that bill has Senators against it.
Senator Rand Paul on Thursday expressed his issues with the bill because it would affect veterans diagnosed with PTSD.
“You can’t take gun rights away in bulk. If you say everyone that has PTSD that’s a veteran, all their data will be dumped into a database and it will show up on a background check, that’s a problem,” he said.
So the Senate appears to have 99 bills but can’t pass one.