Congress will mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the United States on Monday, but the agenda is still dominated by gun violence and other issues.
President Donald Trump has been the target of renewed criticism for his refusal to condemn white supremacist groups who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.
The president has since taken to Twitter to offer his condolences to the victims of the violent protests in Charlottesville.
Trump has been criticized for the silence of Democratic lawmakers, and Republicans are looking to fill the gaps with their own legislative agendas.
House Speaker Paul Ryan Paul Davis RyanHouse passes resolution condemning racism in Charlottesville MORE (R-Wis.) has been a champion of gun rights and has championed the Senate’s bill to expand background checks.
Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAvenatti: Kavanaugh nomination should be treated like a ‘political witch hunt’ FBI’s Kavanaugh scope widens as GOP seeks votes McConnell: Trump’s speech ‘unhinged’ on Charlottesville MORE have announced that they will hold hearings on gun violence in the wake of the deadly attack in Virginia.
Sen. Ted Cruz Rafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump changes mean only wealthy immigrants can buy subsidized health insurance GOP senator calls for Kavanaugh investigation to resume Public opinion shrugs off chance of impeachment Public opinion broadly on Kavanaugh but advocates focus on Kavanaugh MORE (Texas) said he is looking forward to the hearing, which he said would focus on the “complex and nuanced issues surrounding gun violence.”
Sen. Jeff Flake Jeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake: Kavanaugh nominee should be dealt with like a political witch hunt Collins: Democrats should not be afraid to ask tough questions Flake to vote against Kavanaugh ‘only when I have to’ MORE (Ariz.) said he will speak about the mass shooting in Arizona and the need to take action.
“We need to stop these kinds of tragedies,” Flake said.
“We can’t wait for a tragedy to happen and we can’t continue to allow a tragedy like this to occur.”
Senators Marco Rubio Marco Antonio RubioOptions to get rid of red-state Dems focus on holding edge in Rust Belt Senate races Conservatives blame Trump’s tweet on Kavanaugh for stirring up political tensions MORE (Fla.) and John McCain John Sidney McCainCongress must use bipartisan oversight as it prepares to take charge of the government after midterms Overnight Health Care: Senate braces for potential Zika pandemic | Measure to help fight opioid abuse among vets will expire | Lawmakers mulled allowing insurers to charge older customers MORE (Idaho) both said they are open to hearing the testimonies of gun violence victims.
McCain has introduced legislation that would allow victims of gun crimes to sue their assailants for their actions.
McCains bill would not require victims to go to court, but he has said it would ensure victims get the justice they deserve.
“I hope this legislation does pass the Senate,” McCain said.
McCaine has also said he wants Congress to do more to curb gun violence.
McCann has also expressed support for legislation to allow victims to sue gun manufacturers and dealers.
The NRA and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence have criticized McCain for not speaking out more forcefully against gun violence as he has in the past.