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DC – GUN POLITICS – Republicans face crunch time on guns as Trump wavers

The summerlong debate over new gun safety legislation is coming to a head. Senate Republican leaders discussed gun legislation in an hourlong party meeting on Monday evening, including expanding background checks, according to an attendee. But no one is making a move without President Donald Trump, who senators expect will be presented options on gun legislation by White House officials later this week. Trump himself has been nearly impossible to pin down on the issue. Top GOP leaders in the House and Senate — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Whip John Thune, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise — will meet with Trump on Tuesday to discuss the fall agenda, according to three sources familiar with the meeting. That gives Republicans the opportunity to hear the latest from the president himself. Trump has sounded at times optimistic or noncommittal about new gun legislation. With memories of last year’s government shutdown fresh in their minds after Trump rejected their spending bill, Senate Republicans have no interest in getting ahead of Trump on such a charged cultural issue. “We are very interested in knowing what his plan and proposal is and what he’d be willing to sign,” Thune said, after the party leadership met on Monday. “All of our members, if this meeting [Monday] was any indication, believe that the president needs to indicate what it is he will be for.”  [full article]

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