Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to bring background checks to the floor Thursday adding that he is prepared to wait out a filibuster threat by more than a dozen Republican senators.
“They are going to filibuster a 92 percent issue,” Reid said during a press conference referring to some polls showing support nationally for “universal” background checks. “It would be a real slap in the face to the American people not to do something on background checks, on school safety, on federal trafficking. The American people deserve a vote.”
On Tuesday President Obama flew 12 families whose children were killed in Newtown, Conn., to Washington where they appealed to lawmakers on the fence for new gun laws.
Reid will need 60 senators to overcome a GOP-led filibuster. And he will have to convince Democratic senators including Max Baucus, Mont., and Mark Pryor, Ark., to vote to bring the bill to the floor. Reid will also have to convince moderate Republicans to proceed on the legislation, even if they ultimately choose to vote against background checks.
So far Republican Sens. John McCain, Ariz., Johnny Isakson, Ga., Susan Collins, Maine, Mark Kirk, Ill., Lindsey Graham, S.C., and Tom Coburn, Okla. have all agreed that they won’t support a filibuster.
But a fracture within the GOP, has not stopped tea party darlings like Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas, and Rand Paul, Ky., from leading the filibuster charge.
So if background checks are so popular, why do some Republicans want to stop a vote on them?
“Universal” background checks could lead to a national registry.
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