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Dems Lack Votes to Advance Gun Control…. Biden Called in to Twist Arms

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is reportedly falling short of the 60 votes needed for the bipartisan background checks compromise, and Vice President Joe Biden is stepping in to try and save the measure.
Democratic aides told Politico that a whip count was done on Monday. Now Biden is making personal calls to senators urging them to back the measure, that website reported.

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., agreed to the compromise last week to expand background checks to gun shows and online sales so that criminals and the mentally ill don’t get their hands on firearms.

Last week, two Democrats defected and joined with Republicans’ attempt to block debate on the gun control bill. However, the measure ended up passing 68-31 when 16 Republicans voted to end a Republican-mounted filibuster to proceed with a debate on the 2013 measure.

About four Republicans have indicated they are considering voting for yes on the background checks proposal. They are Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Susan Collins of Maine and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

Read more at International Business Times

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  • Oldman66

    Does Biden know what an arm is????

  • Randy131

    Does anyone really take Joe Biden serious, even when he attempts to twist arms? If they do, then their IQ is much less than Biden’s, and that’s hard to come by.

  • Hopefully, they will continue to be votes short.

  • atchafa

    If they want to be re-elected they better vote against the bill.

  • Lowell

    There is a tremendous amount of pressure on Senators of both parties that believe in and want to uphold the Constitution. I have called and wrote my Senators letting them know they are not alone. If they do what is correct they will have support.

  • TWISTING ARMS? I THINK YOU MEAN EXTORTION, DON’T YOU?

  • covert1969

    Happy Happy Happy and Biden needs to watch himself and his actions as there are thousands of ordinary citizens who are watching him !!!

  • Any of them that have voted againts the Constitution ascis they could choose. I can sure bet will be out of a job come election. This issue never should have come up for any debate. Obama does not care. He is out to gut the Constitution regardless. Now that is SHAMEFULLY A DISASTER.

  • My hat is off to any Senator that did the right thing here. This is a right or wrong issue. and this whole scam was very very deeply troubling and very wrong.

  • RonS

    This ought to make the NRA and all o the other gun owners in America quake in fear.