House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ripped into a question asked by a reporter from her home state, claiming that it wrongly placed blame on her for not keeping gun control legislation alive in Congress.
“Don’t ask me what we haven’t done. We have done it,” Pelosi told The San Francisco Chronicle's Tal Kopan on Wednesday.
“If you are annoyed with my impatience," she added, "it’s because people are dying because Senator McConnell hasn’t acted. Why don’t you go ask him if he has any regrets for all the people who died because he hasn’t acted?”
The reporter had asked Pelosi whether she regretted not bringing the House back in August to "keep the flame lit on gun violence."
Pelosi argued that the Senate was at fault because it didn't come back to pass a measure on gun violence. "Why don’t you all get that straight? The Senate did not come back to pass the bill," she said.
She added that "lives are at stake" and she was "getting very angry about the silliness of these questions."
In September, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also called on McConnell to pass a House-backed bill on background checks.
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".@SenateMajLdr McConnell: People across the country are calling on Congress to #DoSomething to #EndGunViolence," he said.
"It’s time to lead on this issue. Put the House-passed background checks bill on the Senate floor for debate and a vote."