McConnell added that Reid controls the Senate schedule.
At a regular House Republican closed-door meeting Tuesday Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, a psychologist, led a discussion on mental illness — which he described as the primary cause of mass shootings.
Murphy said he told colleagues that mental illness was the common link in similar tragic incidents and ‘‘we have to stop pretending it doesn’t exist. We need to understand what it is that triggers changes in someone.’’
‘‘I see it as the center of the issue. Get mental illness out of the shadows.’’
Associated Press writer Julie Pace contributed.