Boehner, Cantor to meet with Newtown families
June 10th, 2013
07:09 PM ET
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Boehner, Cantor to meet with Newtown families

Updated 1:56 p.m. ET, Tuesday, 6/11, to reflect a schedule change for the meeting.

Washington (CNN) - The two top Republicans in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives will meet Wednesday with families who lost loved ones in the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting.

According to an aide to John Boehner, the House speaker and Majority Leader Eric Cantor will sit down with the families, who will be in Washington to mark six months since the massacre that left 26 dead.

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"Speaker Boehner's heart goes out to the victims of this senseless tragedy and their families. He wants to hear their stories and talk about ways to reduce the culture of violence in our country," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said.

Some Newtown families have been actively lobbying members of Congress for tougher firearm laws during this year's gun control debate. When the Senate failed to advance a set of gun proposals in April, President Barack Obama - with Newtown families standing behind - vowed the fight was not over.

Parents of seven children killed in the shooting were set to begin meeting with members of Congress on Tuesday, according to a spokesman for Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit group formed to help spur legislation on the gun issue and is coordinating the trip.

A separate group of families, working with the Newtown Action Alliance, will come to Washington on Wednesday and meet with members of Congress for two days. A spokesman for the group said it will also coordinate Thursday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol what it calls a "Human Ribbon of Remembrance" in memory of the 26 children and adults killed.

Besides Boehner and Cantor, the groups are not revealing who else they will be meeting with.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said the fact that Boehner is meeting with the families "shows respect for them” but added, “I dont know that they will move him to action.”

"I'm very doubtful that the House leadership has any intention of bringing a bill to the floor," he said.

Before the proposals failed in the Senate, Boehner had said repeatedly that the House would wait on the Senate to take action.

Since the Senate proposals’ failure, the House has not moved on the issue. Republican Rep. Peter King of New York and Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson of California had planned to propose a background check bill similar to the one considered by the Senate, but it has not gone anywhere since the Senate version was dropped two months ago.

- CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

Filed under: Eric Cantor • Gun control • Gun rights • John Boehner
soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. vic

    A real couple of GOP winners here. They are meeting with these families to get the NRA to increase their political donations and keep them on the side of gun lobbyists. Bohner will shead a tear and then check his mail for a check from the NRA.

    June 11, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. FBueller

    I wonder how big of a PAC contribution the Newtown families had to make to get Boehner and Cantor to meet with them?

    June 11, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    I'd like to see how Boehner and Cantor wiil explain to these families how they defended the gun lobby's interests above anything that concerns the people of this country. That will be a spin fest like no other in history.

    June 11, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. truthbetold

    Ha, the right wingers in the IRS did the targeting to make the dems/libs look bad. Nobody is going for that.

    The two GOP leaders going to talk to the Newtown victims??? Give me a break. The will get shoes, eggs and everything else thrown at them, and it be correct too.

    June 11, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Pandamonius

    It's time to tear up the democrats using their own game.... We conservatives need to register as democrats and mess with their primaries. It can work ! From now on we are all DEMOCRATS. Let's embrace their crazy culture and make it work for us. It's easy. We are all LGBT and we want to be able to be anything we want and do whatever we want. Let's destroy the pollsters and the left's ability to attack us... We are now YOU. Deal with it.
    Good luck. You're right-wing short term memory is showing again, because Limbaugh tried that back in 2008, and we've ended up with one of the best presidents (albeit with one of the worst congresses) we've had in a very long time.

    June 11, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Steveo

    Sorry, still a sad commentary.

    June 11, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Mary Ann

    If it wasn't so shameful it would be a joke.

    June 11, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Pandamonius

    A real couple of GOP winners here. They are meeting with these families to get the NRA to increase their political donations and keep them on the side of gun lobbyists. Bohner will shead a tear and then check his mail for a check from the NRA.

    I'm betting that tool checks his blackberry for the email WHILE meeting with the families...

    June 11, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Suzy Mack

    Want to know how to make GAY marriage can work for a Republican ??? Hmmmm ? Here's how to sell your business to another Businessman.... Divorce your wife. Marry the guy who wants to buy your business. Then sue for divorce. Do the DRFA and give the business to him, you transfer his pension fund to you and whatever else you want.. Done deal. All perfectly legal. And you got to use your Pension fund to buy something. AND NO penalties, no transfer TAXES...No complicated IRS return. No issues. Then divorce him and remarry your wife. Thank you liberal loop hole.

    June 11, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Suzy Mack

    Want to take advantage of quota's and other college and business set asides ??? Fill out the form and declare yourself a woman and an African American. DONE. Then switch back when you have got all you want out of it. Can't stop that. Check Please.

    June 11, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Lord Toronaga

    The New Republican Strategy.... We are all LGBT, We prefer to be women, and we all declare ourselves African Americans. Prove otherwise. After all .... it's what our genes tell us... born this way and we all have slavery in our genes. Deal with it BIGOTS. Tell me I'm not gay or that I don't feel like I'm a woman. Ya can't.... thanks to YOUR legislation.... And I'm African American so don't mess with me !

    June 11, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Wake up People!

    I'm confused. What exactly do you mean letting LGBT work for you? How is a gay person wanting equal treatment a problem for you? Do you date gay people and think you can change them?

    June 11, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. hammer

    I would like the dems. to explain to these families how this bill would have saved their kids.I have no problem with background checks but when you give in on something the libs. have proving they will try and take it all.

    June 11, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. fed up american

    Are you freaking kidding????? They already told you what they wanted and these two already went against it. To sit down with them NOW is just an insult!!!!! Why the hell didn't these two sit down with the families months ago BEFORE another retarded filabuster against the majority AND what the families wanted. What a couple of jerks!

    June 11, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. charlies curry

    In the book of stubs ,they say onto you get home for you can only get so wet . for the rain comth down.

    June 11, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Rosslaw

    Smart money says Tan Man and the Boy Wonder go to the meeting armed.

    June 11, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. stephanie evans

    guess they'll be looking for new jobs come election time...sorta like shooting yourself in the foot. they are what's wrong with America. greedy bstrds.

    June 11, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Martha in CF

    Two of the redumblicans who care about Benghazi before Newtown......they make me sick...

    June 11, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Pete

    See what happened when Boehner,Cantor came to Newtown,someone called in a threat and a lockdown was in effect for all schools..Nice try you republican idiots can't even look useful when you're not..And a disgruntled women from Newtown summed it up perfectly clear ,GO HOME!!!

    June 11, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Vic7

    Enough of the bull about the Constitution being etched in stone. Enough of you paranoid patriots. The Constitution has had amendments added before and if the will of the people is heard, it will be amended again. With the current system in place, I am positive the people will have no say. My father once told me "If you have the money-you can buy anything". I never thought I'd see the day when America was for sale too. How much of this country is owned by the American people? What a sad state of affairs. I guarantee the founding fathers did not have the mentality of the NRA. They were building a dream-Not tearing one down.

    June 11, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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