Texas school shooting: Senators meet again on gun reform, face tall task and tight timeline to agree on a bill

Several senators are meeting to discuss potential gun control legislation Wednesday, after a separate meeting on the topic Tuesday, as lawmakers try to find common ground after last week’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Punchbowl News first reported the meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Fox News confirmed the existence of the meeting, including that Senate dealmaking regulars Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, will be in attendance.

Also there leading the discussion is Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who attended the meeting Tuesday. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are also attending, Fox News confirmed.

The Wednesday meeting will not include Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who was in the smaller Tuesday meeting that included Murphy, Sinema and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

“Sens. Murphy, Sinema, Tillis and I had a very constructive conversation about the best response to the horrific events in Uvalde last week,” Cornyn said Tuesday night. “We’ve asked our staff to continue to work together to address some of the details that we hope to be able to discuss at some point soon.”