Doyle Demands Senate Vote on H.R. 8 on One Year Anniversary

February 27, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – February 27, 2020 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) demanded that the Senate vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, immediately.

“It’s been a year since the House stepped up to protect communities from gun violence by passing H.R. 8,” Congressman Doyle said. “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to call a vote on this commonsense legislation dismisses the Americans who live every day in fear of another mass shooting. Americans overwhelmingly want universal background checks for firearm purchases. It’s our responsibility to stop this epidemic, and while this bill has been sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk, more than 38,000 Americans have died from gun violence. In Pittsburgh, we know the urgency of this issue – and I will not stop demanding Senate action on this important bill.”

The House passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, by a vote of 240-190 on February 27, 2019. This legislation would create a universal background check system. While federal law already requires background checks on gun purchases, this bill would extend the requirement to include unlicensed gun sellers and nearly every gun sale or transfer.

H.R. 8 is one of more than 400 bills that the House has passed in the 116th Congress, but which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not taken up for consideration.

For video of Congressman Doyle speaking about this bill before its passage, click here