Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled he intends to vote for the bipartisan gun control bill as long as the current framework reflects the actual legislation.
Sen. McConnell’s support marks the 11th Republican to say they plan to vote in favor of the bill, meaning it is all but ensured to pass the Senate.
The Hill reports:
“For myself, I’m comfortable with the framework and if the legislation ends up reflecting the framework, I’ll be supportive,” McConnell told reporters after the weekly Senate GOP conference lunch.
McConnell said passing a bill to respond to mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas, would further demonstrate to the American people “that we can come together, which we have done from time to time on things like infrastructure and postal reform, to make progress for the country.”
The GOP leader told reporters that Cornyn presented at the Tuesday Republican lunch a poll of gun owners showing “support for the provisions of the framework is off the charts” and “overwhelming.”
McConnell said the bipartisan group of negotiators “has done the best they can to get total support” and called the proposal to strengthen background check requirements for gun buyers between the age of 18 to 21 “a step in the right direction.”
The framework for the bill negotiated by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Connecticut Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy would provide funding to states to help implement red flag laws.
Another facet of the proposal would also provide billions of dollars for community mental health centers, as well as money to be allocated to improve school security.
“If this framework becomes the actual legislation, it’s a step forward,” McConnell said Tuesday.