Thursday, March 11, 2021
House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
9:00 a.m. Legislative Business
Five “One Minutes” per side
First/Last Votes: 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

 

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Complete Consideration of H.R. 8 – Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 (Rep. Thompson (CA) – Judiciary)

This bill requires a background check on every gun sale or transfer with limited exceptions.

This bill makes it illegal for any person who is not a licensed firearm importer, manufacturer, or dealer to transfer a firearm to any other person who is not licensed without a background check. The exceptions in this bill include but are not limited to a gun transfer that is a gift between spouses, domestic partners, or between parents and their children and a temporary transfer that is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.

This bill also prohibits the establishment of a national gun registry.

Click here for bill text.

Click here for a summary from the Judiciary Committee. 

As of yesterday, the House has completed general and amendment debate.

Complete Consideration of H.R. 1446 –
Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 (Rep. Clyburn – Judiciary)

H.R 1446 is a proposal to close the “Charleston Loophole.” This flaw in the background check system enabled a gunman to obtain the weapon used to murder nine people and wound three others as they participated in a Bible study at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015. Had the FBI background check been completed, the perpetrator of the massacre would have been prevented from purchasing the firearm; however, current law allows firearm sales to proceed after three days if background checks are incomplete. Since 1998, the “Charleston Loophole” has put over 75,000 guns into the hands of prohibited gun owners, 3,000 in 2019.

This legislation extends the initial background check review period from three to 10 business days. After that initial 10 business day period, if a background check is not completed, a purchaser may request an expedited review to spur the FBI to complete its investigation.

The bill includes a significant protection for gun purchasers: if the expedited review is not completed within the 10 business days after it is requested, the sale may proceed. This bipartisan compromise will ensure that background checks for potential firearms purchasers are completed before sales proceed while also protecting the rights of law-abiding gun purchasers to purchase weapons in a timely manner.

The bill is the same as the bill that passed the House last Congress.

Click here for the bill text.

Click here for a one-pager from the Judiciary Committee. 

As of yesterday, the House has completed general and amendment debate.

             

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

Alice Walker