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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Apr 11, 2013 10:05 AM Flag

    Senate to vote on moving forward with gun control measure today

    Senate to vote on moving forward with gun control measure today

    By Jonathan Easley - 04/11/13 08:53 AM ET

    The Senate will vote Thursday to move forward on gun control legislation, an action expected to set off weeks of debate on the floor.

    Democrats are confident they have the 60 votes they need to proceed to a debate after a number of Republicans said they would not support a filibuster backed by conservatives.

    Some red-state Democrats up for reelection next year may oppose the motion, scheduled for a vote at 11 a.m., but it is expected the vote will succeed.

    Prospects for clearing the bill from the Senate floor were boosted by a deal on background checks to gun purchases announced Wednesday by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.).

    The deal gave new momentum to gun control legislation, which had seemed to be in trouble. Supporters have described the background checks provisions as the sweet spot of a gun control bill.

    Toomey on Thursday acknowledged there is a wide variety of opinion on the issue within the GOP, and said it was uncertain whether the bill would move through the Senate.

    "I think we’ve got a few voting hurdles, and I don’t know how they are going to turn out," Toomey said in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

    "I think we will be able to get started on the underlying bill with the vote today, but how the amendments play out I think it’s just too early to know," Toomey said.

    Democrats will need to pull at least five Republican senators to their side if the bill is to make it through the upper chamber, and that task appears difficult even if Toomey and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), a pro-gun control Republican, are on board.

    The 13 Republican senators who vowed to filibuster the bill are likely to remain in opposition. Among them are Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who said...


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    • Why not enforce the laws that are already in the book. I am not a lawman or lawmaker, but If allowed I could stop 95-99% of the gun violence in less than one year.

    • Dianne Feinstein mum on gun deal VIDEO

      By KEVIN ROBILLARD | 4/11/13 9:16 AM EDT

      Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the leading gun control advocate in the upper chamber, on Thursday took a wait-and-see position on the just-hatched bipartisan gun deal.

      “I haven’t seen the bill, so I’m going to reserve my concerns,” Feinstein said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when asked about a compromise bill crafted by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) “I only know what people have told me. Everything is a step forward. You know, we can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, as has been said.”

      Manchin and Toomey’s bill would apply criminal background checks to sales at gun shows and online, but wouldn’t regulate private sales. Public opinion polls have shown close to 90 percent of the public backing universal background checks, which the law would fall short of. And while the Senate is likely to vote on an amendment banning assault weapons crafted by Feinstein, it is not expected to...


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