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Gun control votes go nowhere: UPDATED

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 5:29 PM

The voting has begun in the U.S. Senate on gun control measures, two each from Republicans and Democrats, with the Democratic measures doing more. Neither side is likely to overcome filibusters.

In the first vote, on an amendment by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, the vote to end the filibuster fell short of 60 votes needed, with 52 Republicans and one Democrat voting to end the filibuster. Grassley would provide more money to improve the background check system, but he would not end the so-called gunshow loophole on background checks, which a competing Democratic measure would do.

UPDATE: The stronger background check bill by Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, only mustered 44 votes to end filibuster. One Republican (Kirk) joined 41 Democrats and two independents in the losing vote. Democrats Heitkamp, Manchin and Tester went with the Republicans.

Competing measures also were considered  on gun sales to people on the terrorist watch list. The Republican bill would delay purchases for 72 hours, while Democrats would go farther to prohibit the sales. The GOP bill  was  the first to fail the filibuster test, getting 53 votes to end filibuster, with Democrats Connelly and Minchin joining 51 Republicans. Three Republicans (Colins, Flake and Kirk) plus independents King and Sanders opposed filibuster.

Final turndown was on Sen. Dianne Feinstein's stronger no-fly/no-buy bill. She got 47 votes to end filibuster — 43 Democrats, Republicans Ayotte and and Kirk and the two independents.


Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman
of Arkansas did not break from party line GOP voting against stronger gun measures.

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