Costa, 213 Members of Congress Call for Immediate Gun Vote

Aug 13, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)  – Today Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) joined together with 213 Democratic members of Congress in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding he immediately call the Senate back to session to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. Both bills were passed by the House in February and have been blocked for a vote by McConnell for more than 160 days.

Rep. Costa and the 213 other members of congress are demanding this action in the wake of the deadly mass shootings this weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio which killed 31 people and wounded more than 50 others. On Monday, Congressman Costa released the following statement:

“Enough is enough. How many more lives must be lost before the senate takes action? Thoughts and prayers are good, but they are not enough," said Costa. “Earlier this year, I voted in the House to pass common-sense gun legislation that would help protect lives and it’s been sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk for months. But more needs to be done. When will the Senate and the President do their jobs and work to protect the American people? Racism has no place in our country, and we must do everything possible to address its causes.”