The Senate quashed a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks for gun purchases Wednesday. While the Senate vote was 54-46 in favor of the amendment offered by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., it fell short of the 60-vote threshold the Senate has established for gun bill amendments. Ref. USAToday
President Barack Obama on Wednesday blamed the defeat of a compromise deal on stricter gun laws on "The gun lobby and its allies," saying those against the legislation "Willfully lied" about its provisions.
Obama spoke angrily about two proposals defeated Wednesday in the Senate. One would expand background checks on firearms sales, and the other would ban some semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons.
Due to procedural steps by Republican opponents, the amendments required 60 votes to pass in the 100-member chamber, meaning Democrats and their independent allies who hold 55 seats needed support from some GOP senators to push them through.
The final vote on the background checks provision was 54 in favor to 46 opposed with four Republicans joining most Democrats in supporting the compromise while four Democrats voted with most Republicans against it. Ref. CNN
America prides herself on being able to bear arms and not be restricted in any way. Pres. Obama probably felt that the recent massacres would change the mind of some people including our country's leaders, but it obviously hasn't so now what's plan B?
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday afternoon that the Senate will suspend work on the gun bill after a bipartisan background check agreement was blocked Wednesday. Reid said that delaying further votes on the bill would allow senators time to continue negotiations, and he pledged to bring the bill back up for further votes in the future. Ref. USAToday
We don't trust you Barack and you'll not have our guns
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