Skip to comments.A Senatorís Absence Concerns Democrats as Gun Votes Near (Lautenberg)
Posted on 04/15/2013 12:41:29 PM PDT by neverdem
WASHINGTON As a crucial series of gun-control votes approaches in the Senate, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are suddenly preoccupied with one question in particular: when is Frank Lautenberg coming back?
Mr. Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat and the oldest member of the Senate at 89, has been out for weeks dealing with health complications from cancer treatment.
But with Democrats scrambling to come up with enough votes to overcome resistance to the most sweeping gun-control legislation in a generation, Mr. Lautenbergs presence (or absence) is shaping up to be critically important.
Aides insist that Mr. Lautenberg, who has been undergoing physical therapy for weeks, will try to get to Washington once the voting begins on the assortment of gun-safety measures, which are expected to come to the floor in the coming weeks.
Mr. Lautenbergs aides say he is eager to return, particularly given that he introduced an amendment to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Senator Lautenberg is feeling better and hopes to be in Washington for gun votes, Caley Gray, a spokesman for the senator, said in a statement on Monday.
For weeks, rumors and concern have been swirling about the health of Mr. Lautenberg, who this year announced that he would retire rather than seek a sixth term in...
For the last few weeks, Mr. Lautenberg, who received a diagnosis of stomach cancer three years ago, has been grappling with debilitating and long-term consequences that powerful chemotherapy treatment has had on his leg muscles, according to people close to him.
As a result, he has been using a wheelchair while undergoing physical therapy to regain his strength. But Mr. Lautenberg, an extraordinarily proud man who served in World War II, has not wanted to show up in the Senate in a wheelchair, according to those who know him...
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Agree. We know he will have someone else vote for him.
If the vote is anywhere near this close, we’re in real danger the fascists are close to nailing the last nail in our coffin
Oh if they need his vote to pass it, they’ll get him to vote if the have roll him in on stretcher and have one his interns hold his arm up and mouth “yeah”.
Well, if the dim-bulb-crats manage to get enough RINOs to pull this off, they won’t have to worry about the next election.
They’ll have many more dim-bulbs as compatriots because a whole pile of Republicrats are going to loose.
RINOs - shove it up your collective smelly Obamas. Admit it and just become a dim-bulb. You know it. You want it. So just jump into the sewer now and greet the fellow floating Obamas.
Right you are!
The vast majority of the GOP in the House of Representatives are not worried about the general election. The states did the redistricting from the Census so well that they still have the majority in the House. The vast majority of the GOP in the House of Representatives are worried about getting primaried from the right.
It is too bad that the founders didn’t put in an 80 year age limit for house, senate, executive, and judicial branches.
Some of those old farts are just treading air while their aides hold the power behind the scenes.
The Pro-Gun Provisions of Manchin-Toomey are Actually a Bonanza of Gun Control
Lets start with registration. Heres the Machin-Toomey text.
(c) Prohibition of National Gun Registry.-Section 923 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
(m) The Attorney General may not consolidate or centralize the records of the
(1) acquisition or disposition of firearms, or any portion thereof, maintained by
(A) a person with a valid, current license under this chapter;
(B) an unlicensed transferor under section 922(t); or
(2) possession or ownership of a firearm, maintained by any medical or health insurance entity..
The limit on creating a registry applies only to the Attorney General (and thus to entities under his direct control, such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives). By a straightforward application of inclusio unius exclusio alterius it is permissible for entities other than the Attorney General to create gun registries, using whatever information they can acquire from their own operations. For example, the Secretary of HHS may consolidate and centralize whatever firearms records are maintained by any medical or health insurance entity. The Secretary of the Army may consolidate and centralize records about personal guns owned by military personnel and their families.
Democrats in the Senate have been been voting Lautenburg’s dead corpse for years. He has been on ice as long as Osama bin Laden was.
He has been a worthless piece of crap for decades. A small, nasy, elitist bastard who has accomplished nothing and is rude to colleagues and constituents.
Maybe they can just bring in some dead Dems like Kennedy to carry them over the top.
At 89 years old, shouldn’t he have retired already?
how the hell did we go from havign second amendment rights to fearign that our second amendment rights coulkd very well be reomoved? Where the hell are our representatives?
Lautenberg’s been dead for about 8 years now. There’s a Mexican midget inside his corpse, working levers.
Bill Conti's composing the theme music to accompany the Lautenberg corpse's triumphant zombie stumble onto the Senate floor moments before the vote is taken.
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