Trump insists he and GOP want stronger gun background checks

In the wake of recent mass shootings, Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back into session to pass background checks legislation that previously passed out of the Democratic-controlled House, but McConnell has resisted those calls.

"There's nobody more pro-Second Amendment than Donald Trump, but I don't want guns in the hands of a lunatic or a maniac", the president told reporters before boarding Air Force One on Tuesday.

Twin mass shootings earlier this month in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, renewed the long-running debate over firearms - with the suspect in the El Paso massacre adding an element of white nationalism to the conversation, after police linked that shooting to a racist manifesto complaining about Hispanics overrunning the U.S.

Legislation sought by McConnell would need to garner enough bipartisan support to pass the Senate and secure Trump's signature.

"I believe that Mitch and I can tell you from my standpoint, I would like to see meaningful background checks", he said. "I don't know frankly that the Democrats will get us there".

Trump also said he'd had "a very good conversation" with Sen.

Trump provided no specifics and it was unclear how tough a background check measure Republicans might consider.

"He doesn't have to vote for it", Hoyer said of McConnell.

The committee could return from recess in early September to consider gun measures, according people familiar with the panel's plans who weren't authorized to speak on the record.

"The dual scourges of gun violence and violent white supremacist extremism in this country are a national security threat plain and simple, and it's time the Trump administration and Republicans in congress starting treating them as such", the New York Democrat said in a statement.

The programs for which Schumer will suggest boosting funding include initiatives in the Department of Homeland Security to counter violent extremism; domestic terrorism investigations conducted by the FBI; and gun violence research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AP reporter Mary Clare Jalonick and congressional correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed.