House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana announced during a closed conference meeting Wednesday that they are both a “no” to the Senate bipartisan arms deal, according to a source in the room.
The House’s GOP leaders are also formally planning to crack down on the Senate’s two-piece gun law, according to Republican sources. A formal whip announcement is expected to come out on Wednesday.
But even with House GOP leaders opposing the bill, there are already some Republican members who have indicated they plan to vote for it, and the Democratic-controlled House is expected to be able to pass the legislation once it is passed. in the Senate.
Gonzales represents Uvalde, Texas, where a recent mass shooting at an elementary school shocked the nation and led to public outcry.
“In the coming days, I look forward to voting YES to the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” Gonzales said.
GOP Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan also told CNN he is a “yes” to the bill.
GOP Senate negotiator looks set to grow Republican support
In a slide presentation presented by Senate John Cornyn to Senate Republicans for lunch on Wednesday, which was provided to CNN by a GOP source, the Texas Republican walked through areas where the National Rifle Association felt like it – even though the pro-gun lobby is against the agreement.
The effort was part of a sales job to increase GOP support beyond the 14 Republicans who voted for open debate, but a majority of Senate Republicans are still expected to oppose the bill.
Yet the legislation marks the first major federal arms security measure in a generation, a significant achievement in a highly polarized political environment where gun policy is among the most controversial issues.
The bill includes millions of dollars for mental health, school safety, crisis intervention programs and incentives for states to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check system.
Contrary to the decision of the 3 top Republican leaders in the House to oppose the bill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he plans to support it.
McConnell on Wednesday praised the two-part gun violence law as a “package of common sense and popular solutions to make these horrific incidents less likely,” which will not “touch the rights of the overwhelming majority of U.S. gun owners who are law-abiding citizens of common sense.”
He said previous attempts to pass legislation to curb mass shootings in schools and elsewhere stalled because Democrats tried to “roll back” people’s rights to the Second Amendment.
“This time is different. This time, the Democrats came our way and agreed to promote some common sense solutions without rolling back the rights of law-abiding citizens. The result is a product I am proud to support,” McConnell said in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reiterated on Wednesday that he intends to “secure the final passage” of the two-part gun security legislation before the end of the week.
“It is my intention now to keep the process going quickly and ensure the final passage before the end of the week,” Schumer said in the speech.
He pointed to the 64 senators who supported the bill’s advance Tuesday night as “an unmistakable sign of the broad support and momentum behind this bill.
This story has been updated with further development on Wednesday.
CNN’s Manu Raju, Sarah Fortinsky, Ali Zaslav and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.