Mitch McConnell trips and suffers fracture after falling outside his home
The day after two mass shootings in America, that left dozens dead in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tripped and fell at his home, suffering a fractured shoulder.
Here is the statement his camp released, via his Communications Director David Popp:
"This morning, Leader McConnell tripped at home on his outside patio and suffered a fractured shoulder. He has been treated, released, and is working from home in Louisville.
This afternoon he contacted Senators Cornyn and Portman to express his deepest sympathies for the people of El Paso and Dayton and discuss the senseless tragedies of this weekend.
The leader will continue to work from home."
Since McConnell is doing nothing but sending sympathies, we want to do the same for him. Thoughts and prayers, McConnell.
Republicans still refuse to pass sensible gun control legislation that is overwhelmingly supported by the majority of Americans and even most voters in their own party.
And, if McConnell meant it, he could do something about it.
Right now Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. is asking that he end the chamber's vacation in August to vote on a universal background check bill. The Senate is currently in recess until September so McConnell would have to call the troops back in to make it happen.
“One awful event after another. Leader McConnell must call the Senate back for an emergency session to put the House-passed universal background checks legislation on the Senate floor for debate and a vote immediately," Schumer said in a statement.
Other prominent Democrats are pressuring McConnell to do the same. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, is using his 2020 presidential campaign to bring some heat on him:
"Mitch McConnell should bring the Senate back into session immediately to pass HR 8, the gun safety bill that has already passed the House. That's a first step to addressing our serious gun violence epidemic," Sanders tweeted.
"I hope very much that Mitch McConnell will have the courage to bring us back to Washington and put together legislation which has the wide support of the American people," he told CNN on Sunday. "This is not radical stuff."
Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, made the same plea on Sunday.
Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We must act. Mitch McConnell please call the Senate back to work tomorrow and let us vote on gun-safety laws," he tweeted. He also told CBS' "Face The Nation" that "the president needs to sign this bill."
Republican Tim Scott also said he'd be willing to come back to the Senate to work on gun safety measures:
"I'd do it tonight, I'd leave tonight, I'll go tomorrow. It doesn't matter to me, this is such an important issue and an issue that we sometimes only get part of the picture because of the mass shootings," he said.