Sen. Patty Murray addresses the weekend’s mass shootings

The Democrat from Washington was in Everett for a meeting about unions. The violence loomed large.

EVERETT — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray commented on the weekend’s deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, during a roundtable discussion with local union leaders Monday in Everett.

“I believe we need more than thoughts and prayers,” she said. “It was so heart-wrenching to watch and see how many families were impacted and lives were changed.”

The four-term senator said it’s time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) to hold a vote on the gun reform bill previously passed in the House.

On Sunday night, President Donald Trump tweeted that lawmakers must come together to pass gun reform targeting background checks. Murray said she’d head back to Washington, D.C. to vote for such a bill, but doubts McConnell will present the issue to the Senate.

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