A year after passing U.S. gun control bill, Pelosi calls on McConnell for Senate action

Frustrated Democrats again lambasted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell Thursday as they marked a year of Senate inaction since the House passed landmark gun control legislation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged that Democrats have been here before — complaining about McConnell’s “legislative graveyard” — but she said Democrats were energized to “accelerate a drumbeat” on calls for McConnell to allow a Senate vote on a House-passed bill to expand background checks for gun purchases.

McConnell’s name came up repeatedly at a raucous House ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of the House bill.

Speaking a day after a gunman killed five people at a Milwaukee brewery, Pelosi said McConnell was giving new meaning to his self-described nickname as the “grim reaper” of Democratic legislation.

“It’s very sad that the Grim Reaper has decided that more people will die because he is the Grim Reaper,″ Pelosi said. ”One hundred people a day die from gun violence. Not all of them could be saved by this legislation, but many could.″

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