Republican lawmakers are waiting out President Donald Trump, counting on him to change his mind or reduce his interest in gun control proposals he endorsed Wednesday but do not have much support among the party in the Senate or House, The Hill reported Monday.
Senate Republican are saying there's little reason to vote for a proposal sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., to expand background checks at gun shows and online sales.
"We have voted that down before so I don't know why we would need to have that vote again unless something's changed," Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., told the Hill.
Republicans are also against a bipartisan proposal to provide incentives to local and federal officials to provide more information for NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check), the federal background check system.
Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, say the proposal could block people from buying guns, removing due process, the report said.
Some lawmakers privately said they expect Trump to change his mind once he gets more details from advocates of the Second Amendment.
"This is 'Wednesday Trump.' Who knows what we're going to get next?" one senator said, referring to Trump on Wednesday endorsing gun control measures, the Hill reported.
Senate GOP aides said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mitch McConnell would be moving on to banking reform instead of gun control.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that Trump and Republicans should act.
"If he and Republicans don't start showing some movement ... there aren't going to be as many Republicans around for him in 2019," Murphy said.
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