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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Apr 9, 2013 3:43 PM Flag

    Gun vote set for Thursday as Democrats beat back GOP-led filibuster

    Gun vote set for Thursday as Democrats beat back GOP-led filibuster

    Posted by Aaron Blake and Ed O'Keefe on April 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    Updated at 2:32 p.m. to reflect Reid scheduling the vote.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he will move to bring a gun control bill to a vote and scheduled the vote for Thursday.

    Meanwhile, more than a half-dozen Republican senators have said they will vote to bring the bill to a vote, meaning supporters of the gun legislation should be able to hold off a threatened GOP attempt to block the bill from consideration. Democrats need 60 votes to invoke cloture and bring the bill to an up-or-down vote, and the GOP defections make that increasingly likely.

    Even if the GOP does filibuster, though, Reid pledged to push forward.

    “If they don’t help me invoke cloture on this bill, we’re going to vote on this anyway,” Reid said. “It may take a little time, but the American people deserve a vote.”

    The support from the Republicans means that the Senate should be able to proceed to debate on the bill, but doesn’t guarantee final passage.

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Tuesday that he will provide an update on bipartisan negotiations over a separate gun bill at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

    Thus far, eight GOP senators — John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and Susan Collins (Maine) — have said they will not join in a filibuster being planned by a handful of the party’s more conservative senators.

    “I am not going to join in a


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