‘Just this afternoon, a diverse community of victims’ rights groups, law enforcement officers, gun violence prevention groups, and prosecutors sent a letter to the Minority and Majority Leaders asking them for a vote on a clean version of Fix NICS before the upcoming Easter recess.’

 

‘They made a point to note in their letter that the vote should be clean. In other words, not conditioned upon or attached to other controversial measures that can’t pass.’

 

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced the Fix NICS Act now has 70 total bipartisan cosponsors and addressed a letter sent by a broad range of advocacy groups calling for its passage before the end of the work period. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below.

 

“There are other ideas that I am more than willing to debate and vote on and some of which I actually agree with. But none have the sort of bipartisan consensus support that this particular Fix NICS bill has. I’m just told now we’re up to 70 bipartisan cosponsors.”

 

“But if the attitude is ‘we won’t even vote on what we agree on because we want to do more,’ we’ll never get anything done around here.”

 

“I disagree with those who say it doesn’t do much. If it saves lives, it does plenty.”

 

“It’s inaccurate to suggest it really wouldn’t do anything. That it’s somehow just window dressing or maybe a political fig leaf.”

 

“That’s demonstrably false. Tell the families that lost loved ones that day.”

 

“Just this afternoon, a diverse community of victims’ rights groups, law enforcement officers, gun violence prevention groups, and prosecutors sent a letter to the Minority and Majority Leaders asking them for a vote on a clean version of Fix NICS before the upcoming Easter recess.”

 

“They made a point to note in their letter that the vote should be clean. In other words, not conditioned upon or attached to other controversial measures that can’t pass.”

 

“I think they are absolutely right.”

 

“We tried to get an agreement a couple of weeks ago to take the bill up and vote on it. If we did it today, it would pass this afternoon, but there was an objection to doing so, saying, ‘well, there are other things we need to do, too.’”

 

“This institution should step up and listen to those who are calling upon us to do something, and doing something that will save lives.”

 

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.