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"I believe that Mitch and I can tell you from my standpoint, I would like to see meaningful background checks", he said.
Jones announced that he and Chris Tomlin are writing a story about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called "Mitch, Please!" Congress is out of town on recess until a week after Labor Day.
Separately, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Trump to divert $5 billion he's wanted to build his wall along the southern border to investigating domestic terrorism and conducting research on gun violence.
Democrats are currently pressing for Senate action on legislation that would expand background checks on buyers who obtain guns through private sales, part of which are now exempt.
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A House Judiciary spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a brief conversation with reporters after the event, Hoyer suggested House Democrats would not accept a more narrow background check bill, as some Senate Republicans have floated. He said afterward he did not know what date the committee would return or what bills it would consider.
"Republicans and this administration need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to addressing gun violence and stopping the rise of domestic terrorism, especially stemming from white supremacy", Schumer said in a statement to Politico, which first reported the request. "These officials have tried to relay their concerns to Trump, encouraging him to advocate for so-called "red flag" laws instead, but he has not been receptive, they said".
The suspected gunman in the El Paso shooting that left 22 dead told officers that he had targeted Mexicans, according to a police affidavit. He said bills the panel could discuss included measures banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and proposals making it easier for authorities to confiscate guns from unstable people.
AP reporter Mary Clare Jalonick and congressional correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed.