Obama Ignores Bipartisan Effort on Mental Health

Rep. Tim Murphy is still waiting to hear from President Obama, but he’s not counting on it.

The Pennsylvania Republican has spent the last three years leading a bipartisan congressional effort to reform the nation’s mental healthcare system as a way to reduce the number of mass shootings in the country.

He also has repeatedly tried to engage Obama and the White House on the issue, to no avail.

After Speaker Paul Ryan deemed Obama’s new executive actions on gun control a “distraction” and vowed to ignore them, Murphy’s bill could be a rare area of agreement between Obama, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill when it comes to Washington’s response to mass shootings and gun violence.