McConnell issued a statement later in the day that said “Senate Republicans are prepared to do our part,” but also indicated they were in no rush.

He said he’d spoken to the heads of three different Senate committees and “asked them to reflect on the subjects the president raised within their jurisdictions and encouraged them to engage in bipartisan discussions of potential solutions to help protect our communities without infringing on Americans’ constitutional rights.”

“Only serious, bipartisan, bicameral efforts will enable us to continue this important work and produce further legislation that can pass the Senate, pass the House, and earn the president’s signature,” he said in what appeared to be a swipe at the two House bills.