Skip to comments.Sen. Lee says fight against gun control likely won't include 'speaking filibuster'
Posted on 04/10/2013 10:03:16 PM PDT by Red Steel
SALT LAKE CITY Don't look for Utah Sen. Mike Lee and other opponents of new gun control measures to be dragging out the debate by filibustering on the Senate floor for days on end.
They're resorting to some procedural maneuvers instead.
"I never rule out anything. But I don't anticipate, given the procedural posture we're in with this bill, the need to use a speaking filibuster," Lee said. "I'm a politician. I'm always prepared to speak at length, but I don't anticipate that's going to happen."
Lee and more than a dozen other Republican senators, including Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who just last month staged the longest talking filibuster in recent memory, are attempting to delay Senate action on the gun control bill at least until next week.
They've already apparently forced the Senate to muster a minimum of 60 votes for debate to proceed Thursday on the bill by sending a letter to Senate leaders promising to oppose moving forward on any new gun restrictions.
And even if supporters of the legislation backed by President Barack Obama win that vote, other Senate rules are expected to push the vote into next week, said Brian Phillips, Lee's communications director.
"Under the rules, we have a lot of authority to delay," Phillips said.
He said there has not been a threat of a filibuster similar to Paul's.
"I don't think a speaking filibuster is necessary to draw more attention to what it going on in the Senate. That was never our intent," Phillips said.
The president slammed efforts to "use political stunts to prevent votes on any of these reforms" at a rally Monday in Connecticut, the site of December's deadly school shooting.
Obama and Democrats have said repeatedly the families of the children and teachers killed
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and to not allow those unethical dems to over step.
I believe a deal was reached with the Senators that were threatening a Filibuster. They would let the legislation go forward as long as it didn’t include any magazine or weapons bans, and not mandate background checks for ALL transactions.
Much of the stuff I’ve heard discussed with this is already law anyway. I believe they just want to dispose of this entire matter, while saving face and being able to say they passed ‘something’. (except for the ideological ‘believers’ who really DO want to see guns banned)
Don't be suckered in by this ploy, once it reaches the floor for debate it can be amended then it only need 51 votes. Its a trap morons. This is how they got the health bill to the floor.
“.....oppose moving forward on any new gun restrictions.”
At any cost, Obama must lose.