WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Monday released the following statement on his direct negotiations with the White House on background checks legislation:
“I think time is running short to find a compromise on background checks. I’m still negotiating in good faith to find a bipartisan proposal that will expand checks to cover more commercial sales and save lives, and I continue to take the president at his word that he wants the same thing. But as each day goes by, it seems more likely that we're going to find ourselves back in a familiar place where 90 percent of the Americans who want more background checks are going to be disappointed once again,” said Murphy.
Murphy joined MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell a few weeks ago to discuss the need to expand background checks. Murphy also gave a press conference readout of his negotiations with the White House and published an op-ed in the Hill following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.