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Conservative Senators Outraged by Cornyn’s Behavior of gun negotiation

Frustration inside the GOP Senate conference simmers among conservatives on way Senator John Cornyn (R.T.T.) is bipartisan gun Reform talks – put a man who seeks to succeed Mitch McConnell as Republican leader in political jam.

Why is it important: Some senators view these talks as test case for how Cornyn will live like lead negotiator for in party should he replaces McConnell one day.

Driving news: Multiple sources with direct knowledge say GOP senators who Negotiation Worries Including Mike Leigh (R-Utah), Rick Scott (R-Fl), Ted Cruz (R-Tex), Josh Hawley (R-M), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Randa Paul (R-Kentucky) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) among others.

  • McConnell has so far been supportive of Cornyn’s efforts, saying he is “comfortable”. with bipartisan gun deal and will support account if it “ends up reflecting what framework specified.”

Behind the scenes: On Tuesday private Dinner at the GOP Senate, several senators questioned Cornyn about the proposal and pushed for specific details about what the legislation would entail.

  • Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) requested “very loudly” more information from Cornyn on substance of in framework. Those requests were denied, three sources said. with lunch said Axios.
  • The proposal to incentivize the state’s red flag laws was particularly unpopular with conservatives. Senators Crapo, Cruz and others have expressed concern to leadership that stripping Americans might become too easy. of their right to bear arms.
  • and Scott, Chairman of Republicans in the Senate campaign arm, feels offended by bipartisan group after early negotiations with Cornyn and Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut).
  • “No one says anything to me. I just asked for text and I got nothing,” Scott told Axios. goal that we should not rush like it’s through; we should take your time”.

Hawley told Axios he is not big fan of in framework how it was announced … I track what was reported in press. I understand framework shifts. But you know I’m not a big fan of It.”

  • “I’m at a disadvantage because I’m not part of of negotiations, Hawley added. “I don’t know Where are they. All I know this is what I read secondhand from all of you.”

Between lines: Several senators believe that they shut out of negotiation process and kept in nothing is known about important details and he will be asked to be politically tough vote without enough time to digest the bill.

  • One GOP senator in conversation with Axios on condition of anonymity to be candid about his concerns branded Cornyn’s approach: “Shut up and also vote.”
  • “There is considerable misfortune in conference that we seem to be getting closer to a bill that will unite all Democrats and divide Republicans,” said another senior republican with direct knowledge of internal negotiations.
  • senior The Republican mentioned that Senator John F. Kennedy (R-Lavra) asked Cornyn during one lunch, focus on gang violence and internal city killings? And the answer was: “No, we don’t focus on it’… And more than a few of us I wonder why the hell not?”
  • “It would be prudent, and I think Senator Cornyn knows that… give many senators of time to read the bill and research problems,” Kennedy told Axios.

“We are told that Schumer wants vote next a week,” in senior republican added. “And what the Republicans were doing in negotiations are ok with what. Although no one saw the text of the bill, no one saw anything more than a couple of bullet points on a one-pager.”

  • “And there are serious concerns that the Republicans join with Sumer in blocking changes and forcing package how to take it or leave it.”

Yes, but: Management was skeptical that some of these conservative senators vote for Any gun deal they can come up with make-up of their constituencies and — for a little of they were suspected of presidential aspirations.

  • Meanwhile, bipartisan group was in stalemate over in final text because Cornyn is trying to increase legal protection for red flag laws after hearing from these members.
  • He also seeks to limit the scope of closing the “boyfriend loophole” – to hold a weapon out of arms of domestic abusers, unmarried or not.

big painting: Anxiety among Republican senators became even louder when the leadership decided to bypass the Senate Judiciary Committee and introduce a heavily debated bill. floor before the recess in the Senate on July 4.

  • Kornin’s original ambition was to put forward bipartisan bill that could win in support of 20 or more Republicans – no just eke out pass with 10 Republicans votes required break the filibuster.
  • “What [approach] was in response to a complaint that they are going to pick off 10 Republicans and split our conference,” the GOP senator told Axios. – And what do we get? Last weekend we received a press release with 10 Republican Senators And The Guess What Happens If You like it or not.”

Another side: Cornin in the know of growing conservative backlash and tried to drown it out down in a series of media appearance and in public remarks – including today, when he walked out of negotiations and told reporters, “It’s either fish or bait. I don’t know what they have in mind, but I’m through the conversation.”

  • He also emphasized the provisions for which he fought out of bill, for example, to raise the age to purchase assault weapons up to 21.
  • Cornyn renamed “red flag laws” – a toxic expression among conservatives – into “crisis intervention.”
  • He said he wants the states option to use federal grant money to stimulate them pass red flag laws for other goals.

Cornyn’s assistant told Axios the senator and his staff answered several questions and received feedback from many of these members and their staff every day this week.

  • “Cornyn talked and answered questions one on one from several of these members. He or our employees were in especially close contact with Crapo and Lee.
  • “Part of in reason McConnell chose him because he has credibility and reputation. record on this is issue and has a wide coverage board among members, said the aide to the Senate GOP leader. – It is uniquely suited for on this is challenge”.

bottom line: Given his aspirations for leadership, Cornyn takes on more risk than nine other Republican senators who signed up for bipartisan gun safety framework.

  • Four of these GOP senators are resigning and no one up for re-elect it year.


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