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President Joe Biden praised senators for reaching a bipartisan gun safety framework and urged Congress to pass it on Sunday, but he also said the eventual bill would not be enough for him. only.
Biden released his reaction to the framework Sunday afternoon, hours after Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Ct., released an outline of a set of gun safety measures Republicans would be willing to support.
“I want to thank Senator Chris Murphy and members of his bipartisan group, especially Senators Cornyn, Sinema and Tillis, for their tireless work in producing this proposal,” Biden wrote.
“Obviously, this doesn’t do everything I think is necessary, but it does reflect important steps in the right direction and would be the most important gun safety legislation to pass Congress in decades.” , Biden continued.
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The framework calls for legislation that would eliminate the purchase of gun straw, support state-level crisis response orders; fund mental health resources for children and families; improve protection for victims of domestic violence and increase funding for school safety and mental health initiatives.
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Ten Republican senators signed the framework, the number needed to pass the legislation on any would-be filibusters.
Biden’s statement comes more than a week after Murphy called the president stay out of negotiationssaying that Congress “has to do it ourselves”.
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He went on to suggest that Democrats are willing to compromise if it means Republicans would be willing to pass meaningful gun reform legislation.
“We’re not going to put a bill on the table that will ban assault weapons or pass comprehensive background checks,” Murphy told CNN. “Right now the people of this country want us to make progress, they just don’t want the status quo to continue for another 30 years.”
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