DemDaily: This Week: Guns, Hearings, Primaries
June 12, 2022
It promises to be a busy week!
The announcement came this afternoon that a bipartisan agreement had been reached on gun safety legislation, one that will meet the necessary 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster in the Senate.
A statement released by negotiators, headed by Democratic Senator Chris Murphy (CT) and Republican Senator John Cornyn (TX), also included the support of nine other GOP Senators.
The frameworks for the "agreement in principle" includes:
* Incentives for states to implement red flag legislation
* Enhanced background checks for 18-21
* Mental health and schools safety funding
* Telehealth funding
* "Straw purchasing" penalties and clarification of the definition of a firearms dealer
The agreement follows the devastating May 24th massacre of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and the nationwide March For Our Lives rallies against gun violence this weekend. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would put a bill on the floor “as soon as possible.”
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The January 6th Hearings
Nearly 20 million Americans tuned in last Thursday to watch the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack present its findings, in the first of at least six public hearings this month.
On deck this week:
Hearing Two: Monday, June 13 @10:00am ET
The second hearing will cover how "Donald Trump and his advisers knew that he had in fact lost the election" but still "engaged in a massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information" that the election was stolen. Witnesses: Former Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt, former Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, Conservative election attorney Benjamin Ginsberg, former US Attorney Bjay Pak and former Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt.
Hearing Three: Wednesday, June 15 @ 10:00am ET
The third hearing will detail how Trump "corruptly planned to replace the Attorney General of the United States, so the US Justice Department would spread his false stolen election claims." Witnesses: former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, and Justice Department official Steve Engel. Potential: former White House counsel Pat Cipollone.
Hearing Four: Thursday, June 16 @ 1:00pm ET
The fourth hearing "will focus on President Trump's efforts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to count electoral votes on January 6." Witnesses: Greg Jacob, the former Pence Chief Counsel. Potential: former Mike Pence Chief of Staff Marc Short, conservative attorney and former judge Michael Luttig,
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The Election Calendar
Tuesday, June 14: State primaries will be held in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Carolina. The Special General Election for Texas' 34th Congressional District will also take place.
See: The 2020 Election Calendar. New Updates! 6/3/22
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