Skip to comments.First vote set on Senate gun bill amid GOP resistance
Posted on 04/11/2013 7:35:38 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
The Senate is poised to take its first procedural vote on a gun control bill Thursday at 11 a.m. ET, marking the first congressional floor action on a piece of gun legislation since the December massacre in Newtown, Conn., claimed the lives of 20 small children and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The bill faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, where 14 Republican senators have already threatened to filibuster any legislation that, in their view, jeopardizes the Second Amendment. If that filibuster threat materializes, 60 votes will be required to secure cloture and allow the debate to proceed. Senators announce bipartisan agreement on gun bill Paul, Cruz threaten filibuster on gun laws
Democrats are confident there are 60 votes, however, as up to a dozen Republicans have pledged to vote with Democrats to bust any filibuster, even though most of those Republicans, with the exception of Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., haven't pledged to vote for the gun bill itself.
The bill incorporates several proposals floated by President Obama in the wake of Newtown, including a mandatory background check system for gun purchases and stronger penalties for illegal gun trafficking. Left out of the bill were proposals to ban semiautomatic assault weapons and limit the size of ammunition magazines, both of which were dropped by Democrats to ease the passage of other, less controversial gun laws.
The filibuster threat was first raised by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who were quickly joined by a handful of GOP colleagues. In a letter circulated as recently as this week, the senators wrote, "We will oppose the motion to proceed on any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions."
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This will get the 60 votes. Wacko-Bird McQueeg has seen to it.
I think it will pass the house. 90% of Americans want it you know.
Let us not forget Goober Graham. I’m sure he and McSpineless will be holding hands awaiting the outcome.
All the R’s will vote for cloture, then vote against it.
STILL nothing on thomas.loc.gov
Anyone have the full text (not the sketchy outline Toomey put up)?
“I think it will pass the house. 90% of Americans want it you know”
Been reading the MSM??.....Better stop that it’s bad for the eyes.
I can tell you this: 90% or nuttin, the people in Oklahoma don’t want anything from those clowns. It’d be nice if our R dominated state government would recognize that.
You could know the fix was in when McCain and other rino traitors mouthed off about bringing the issues before ‘the greatest deliberative body’ in the world. Discusting, treacherous, globalist lapdog scum.
I would bet that at least 90% of the good people here in Tennessee do not want any restrictions on any part of our GOD given 2nd Amendment Rights!
Our Gun shops are OUT of Ammo, Guns and reloading equipment. Our background checks for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit are at a all time high in number of checks processed. Do we want more “Background” checks? Hell NO!!!
“90% of Americans want this”. What they didn’t bother to say is that number is based on a phone(y) survey of 1,927 (real or imagined) likely radical left wing extremist demokkkrat scumbag socialist voters. And we all know they have no power to process information. That was obvious 11/6/2012.
Wait til the Dems start adding ammendments right and left. It will likely sink under its own weight.
It’s 11. Is the filibuster underway?
16 RINO traitors joined 52 Marxist Rat bastards to invoke cloiture.
Alaska will not accept any anti 2 A law from the feds.