Congress was in session last week following the tragedy that occurred in Orlando, with Senate Democrats making movement on getting gun control legislation on the floor. On Wednesday, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) came to the floor right and began a filibuster that would last 15 hours. Senator Murphy was joined by 39 other Senate Democrats, as well as some Republicans, during the marathon session. On Thursday, the Senate scheduled votes on a gun control proposals. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) scheduled four proposals, two from each side. They will focus on background checks and blocking suspected terrorist from being able to buy guns.
Republicans in the House focused on their upcoming agenda, which will set the stage for their party’s platform at the Republican convention. They rolled out several proposals over the past few weeks and last Thursday rolled out their plan to restore constitutional liberties and push back on executive overreach. This comes after Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump muddled their message; last week, Trump banned the Washington Post from his campaign events and indicated that he would use his presidential power to overcome Congressional opposition when elected. With the Orlando tragedy, the House shifted focus this week by bringing up counter terrorism legislation. It was debated last last week and expected to be voted on this week.