August 19, 2019/Press

Rather than Stand Up to McConnell on Expanding Background Checks, Senator Tillis Lies to NC Voters about McConnell’s Obstruction

Raleigh – North Carolina voters rallied across the state this weekend to demand Senator Thom Tillis pressure Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring commonsense gun safety reforms to a vote on the Senate floor. But rather than stand up to McConnell, Tillis dodged a question from a voter about passing H.R. 8, the bill to expand background checks that passed the House earlier this year with bipartisan support. Tillis also lied about McConnell’s position, saying “he didn’t need to pressure McConnell because the Senate leader has announced plans to bring the bill to a vote.”

According to the Greenville Daily Reflector:

“One employee asked Tillis what he would do to pressure Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to bring a series of bills passed by the House to the Senate floor for a vote. The man, whose name wasn’t available, specifically asked about House Resolution 8, which would toughen background checks on gun purchasers, so individuals prohibited from owning weapons don’t get them. Tillis said he didn’t need to pressure McConnell because the Senate leader has announced plans to bring the bill to a vote.”

According to Fox News:

“The majority leader didn’t say the Senate would have a formal ‘debate’ on the Senate floor about firearms, as at least a couple of news outlets reported. McConnell didn’t say the Senate would even consider a bill.”

Despite Senator Tillis’ unfounded claim, Senator McConnell has not committed to bringing H.R. 8 – or any legislation – to a vote.

This weekend, voters across the state specifically called on Senator Tillis to cancel August recess (which he pushed to do the past two years) to pass this legislation that earned support from Democrats and Republicans in the House. North Carolina voter Madhavi Krevat told Spectrum News, “HR8 has already been passed through the House. We want to the Senate to pass this law.”

“Rather than challenge Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s unprecedented gridlock and his refusal to bring a bipartisan bill to expand background checks to the floor of the Senate for a vote, Senator Tillis decided to lie to voters because he’s too weak to stand up to his party leaders in Washington,” NCDP spokesman Robert Howard said. “North Carolinians deserves a senator who will listen to their constituents and have the courage to stand up to Mitch McConnell and the special interests, not a spineless politician who will say anything to sidestep their concerns about their safety.”

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