A proud gun owner, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia applauded President Biden's executive actions Thursday, arguing that they went further than just working around the fringes.
He wouldn't commit, however, to supporting a House-passed background check bill that could come to the floor when the Senate returns next week.
Asked if there have been any negotiations over the House legislation, Manchin said, "We haven't gotten a bill yet, no we haven't. I'm happy to work with them, sit down and we just call it common gun sense."
Manchin said that he has an open line of communication with the White House, and a good relationship with Biden.
"They've been very, very kind in talking. We do talk, we have communications as often as I would like and as often as they would like." Of Biden specifically, he said, "Whenever he calls me, he calls and then we have a good conversation. We've had a good friendship and relationship for a long time. We understand each other.