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GOP Effort to Stop Gun Bill from Moving Forward Fails

Two Dems vote no, but 16 Republicans vote to move legislation forward. ALSO: Graham says filibuster would be "free pass"

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Bridget Johnson

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April 11, 2013 - 8:42 am

The attempt of some Republicans to block gun legislation from coming to the Senate floor failed this morning as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) firearms bill survived a cloture vote 68-31.

A 60-vote threshold was needed to move forward on consideration of the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013.

Democrats Mark Begich (Alaska) and Mark Pryor (Ark.) voted no.

Republicans voting yes were Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Roger Wicker (Miss.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), John McCain (Ariz.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.).

Reid said that, as promised, Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who also both voted yes on cloture, would have the first amendment to the bill and would have time to prepare their background-check compromise for a vote. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) assault weapons ban would also get an amendment vote, he said.

“Some people love it, some people hate it, but we’ve got to have a vote on it,” Reid said.

“We cannot have just a few senators spoiling everything for everyone here.”

Before the vote, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who had threatened a filibuster of any gun-control legislation brought to the floor and were joined by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and others, protested that no one had been able to read the Toomey-Manchin amendment yet.

“It is expected that the Toomey-Manchin provision announced yesterday will replace the current language regarding background checks. Yet, as of this morning, not a single senator has been provided the legislative language of this provision. Because the background-check measure is the centerpiece of this legislation it is critical that we know what is in the bill before we vote on it. The American people expect more and deserve better,” the trio said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, the effort to push through legislation that no one had read highlights one of the primary reasons we announced our intention to force a 60 vote threshold. We believe the abuse of the process is how the rights of Americans are systematically eroded and we will continue to do everything in our power to prevent it.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Reality. The Democrats have a majority in the Senate. The only reason that they do not ignore the Republicans completely is because some of the specific rules of the Senate prevent them from doing so. The Republicans JUST GAVE UP THOSE RULES. It does not matter at all how they vote on the final bill because the Democrats always vote in lockstep. Even then, on the final vote there are a half dozen “Republican” Senators who will vote with whatever the Democrats want. By voting for cloture, they gave up any chance of stopping it in the Senate.

Reality. In the House, when was the last time this session that Republican Speaker of the House did not vote with the Democrats, giving them victory? What are the chances of stopping it in the House?

Reality. This bill has yet to be written and introduced, but has been given a free pass. It, like Obamacare, will be released as they vote. So no one will know what is in it until after it passes. There is no limit to what they can put in this bill.

Reality. The Republican Party has betrayed the Constitution.

Reality. Democrats do not care if they tick off their constituents if they can destroy the Constitution in the process. They can depend on vote fraud and Institutional Republican "blunders" to stay in office.

Subotai Bahadur
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I hope this circus will end in the House, and the bill will be DOA.
There is one more lesson to all of us: the "moderate" Republicans are a much worse choice than the "moderate Democrats".
I hope that these 16 will be gone for good after their next election cycle.
1 year ago
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My two traitor senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. Establishment progressive Republicans. Spineless bastards.
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If this bill should pass the senate and House, how long do we have before they will start collecting everybodys guns. I can't find the answer in the bill anywhere. Does anybody know how long we have before they start knocking on doors? I'm really worried how long I have to bury all my guns in the back yard! I read on the internet somewhere that they'll take all the guns from the stores starting 24 hours after passage of the bill and then start knocking on doors collecting everybody elses guns in 72 hours after the bill passes. I didn't really think any of this could happen but..... I know information on the internet is never wrong.
1 year ago
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Hey, Zeke--someone has hacked your computer. It appears to be some retard from Kos who's posting stupid stuff. You should change your passwords before people think you're the idiot.
1 year ago
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Too late.
1 year ago
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Every R voting for Gun grabbing and against the 2ed Amendment must be primaried out of office ASAP. And yes voting to send this to the Senate Floor is voting for the Bill even though some R's will hide behind a No vote later.
1 year ago
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Remember Obamacare, NCLB, Medicare prescription plan. Those were voted in because Republicans took a chance that getting Democrats on the record would yeild more Republican seats, adterwards. Whether this was the result or not, we got shafted by laws against our interest that we cannot dislodge. Case in point, many Republicans have thrown in the towel on repealing Obamacare. We are in a dangerpus spot with gun control legislation.
1 year ago
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Different circus; same clowns!!
1 year ago
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I read the Republicans in the senate are playing election politics with this, hoping to get red state Democrats on record. However, playing election politics with our rights could blow up in their face. It wouldn't be the first time. As Mark Levin pointed out, now our right to keep and bear arms is subjected to a simple majority vote in the senate. Once again the Republicans play fast and loose with our constitution in an effort to get elected. That is their main thing; getting elected. Our rights are pawns in this game move for that overriding objective.
1 year ago
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Reality. The Democrats have a majority in the Senate. The only reason that they do not ignore the Republicans completely is because some of the specific rules of the Senate prevent them from doing so. The Republicans JUST GAVE UP THOSE RULES. It does not matter at all how they vote on the final bill because the Democrats always vote in lockstep. Even then, on the final vote there are a half dozen “Republican” Senators who will vote with whatever the Democrats want. By voting for cloture, they gave up any chance of stopping it in the Senate.

Reality. In the House, when was the last time this session that Republican Speaker of the House did not vote with the Democrats, giving them victory? What are the chances of stopping it in the House?

Reality. This bill has yet to be written and introduced, but has been given a free pass. It, like Obamacare, will be released as they vote. So no one will know what is in it until after it passes. There is no limit to what they can put in this bill.

Reality. The Republican Party has betrayed the Constitution.

Reality. Democrats do not care if they tick off their constituents if they can destroy the Constitution in the process. They can depend on vote fraud and Institutional Republican "blunders" to stay in office.

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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I think that the pundits who claim that if the Senate passes this bill, John Boehner will stop it in the House are the same ones who said that North Korea can't possiblly minaturize a nuclear weapon to fit on a missle! WASF!!
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Hang in there, folks. It ain't over till it's over.

This isn't a vote on restricting gun rights. It's a vote on TALKING about restricting gun rights... and permitting the bill to come to a vote.

This puts every red-state Democrat in a tough bind indeed. Had the bill never come to the floor, they could continue to play it both ways. But now they'll (presumably) have to vote, and they're damned either way. (Whom to tick off, my party or my constituents?...)

As for the bill itself, I'm going to keep saying this until someone notices. I'm all for compromise -- you get something, and I get something. You lose something, and I lose something. That's what "compromise" means. So you want expanded background checks and stronger laws against straw purchases? -- Fine. I want universal reciprocity for gun licenses, so that I don't have to disarm when I cross a state line. I want an end to the insanity of Federally-mandated "gun-free zones" (also known as "target-rich environments"). I'll support yours if you'll support mine.
1 year ago
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I'm sorry Daniel, but even entertaining discussion of a vote on the second amendment is a compromise we should never make. When is the last time we gave something up in one of these "compromises" with the anti-American forces and actually got something in return?

I guarantee the "expanded" background checks will result in national registration, a list who's only purpose would be confiscation. I guarantee that it will result in the impossibility of passing your guns onto your children unless you pay an unbelievable transfer tax.

This one is too important, not one step back and not one ounce of forgiveness for the turncoats who voted to bring this to the floor.
1 year ago
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I hope this circus will end in the House, and the bill will be DOA.
There is one more lesson to all of us: the "moderate" Republicans are a much worse choice than the "moderate Democrats".
I hope that these 16 will be gone for good after their next election cycle.
1 year ago
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Gone? Considering the direction that the GOP has been headed in for the last 2-3 decades, one of them will likely end up as the presidential nominee in 2016...that is, if they don't nominate the Liberal Tub of Lard [tm] from New Jersey.
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I wonder which side of the debate the de-facto leader of teh GOP, it's last POTUS nominee would be on? Actually, I don't wonder at all. And in their heart of hearts those who admonished the rest of us to vote for Mittens "because he could win" know that he would gladly embrace all of the anti-second amendment proposals being offered, every last one of them.

The GOP is dead, we need to realize it and move on.
1 year ago
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The GOP: Consigning Ourselves To The Dustbin Of History!

There is now no single issue or reason for the GOP to continue to exist as a national party. I hope that it won't for much longer.
1 year ago
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These sixteen senators NEED to be primaried..
1 year ago
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If you can afford to, put $1000 aside. Write to the clown, tell him if he supports gun control, you give that $1000 to whomever is primarying against him, regardless, or even to the other party. Money talks. And in a primary, even a few thousand makes a difference.
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This is OUTRAGEOUS! SIXTEEN republican senators voted to VIOLATE the second amendment or ALLOW it to be violated by the majority party!

These senators swore an oath to PROTECT and DEFEND this amendment and the constitution! They just voted to ALLOW the second amendment to be VIOLATED by the majority democrats, WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING THE LANGUAGE OF THE LEGISLATION, OR ALLOWING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO READ IT AND RESPOND BACK TO THEM.

Now by a simple majority vote our second amendment RIGHT may be stripped from us, all the will they will claim ignorance, IT JUST IS NOT SO..

ALL these republicans voting for this have in fact voted FOR ineffective and UNCONSTITUTIONAL GUN CONTROL.
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