Republicans Won’t Even Read Administration Background Check Proposal Until Trump Is On Board

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association convention Friday, May 20, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
FILE - In this May 20, 2016, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Louisville, Ky. Firearms enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump... FILE - In this May 20, 2016, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Louisville, Ky. Firearms enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and his full-throated support of the Second Amendment are expecting a sweeping expansion of gun rights under his administration and a Congress firmly controlled by Republicans. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) MORE LESS
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September 19, 2019 8:33 a.m.

A Trump administration background check proposal is circulating on Capitol Hill — but Republicans won’t even review it until President Donald Trump has given it his stamp of approval.

According to Politico, the document emerged as Attorney General William Barr and White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland started meeting with Republican senators, though no one is willing to take ownership of the proposal until Trump makes a move. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said emphatically that it is “not a White House document.”

“You don’t need to worry about what’s floating around,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told Politico. “We aren’t going to do anything that the President isn’t going to sign anyway.”

Trump’s approval will be harder to come by after the NRA’s reaction: Jason Ouimet, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, called it a “non-starter.” The proposal would expand background checks to all commercial sale of guns.

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