- Chris Moody | The Ticket – Wed, Apr 17, 2013
- Chris Moody & Rachel Rose Hartman | The Ticket – Wed, Apr 17, 2013
The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan amendment that would have expanded background checks on gun purchases, a blow to advocates calling for more strict firearm laws after the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., late last year.
The measure, the product of intense negotiations between Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, would have extended background check requirements on gun owners. It needed 60 votes to pass, but failed 54-46.
Democrats voting against the amendment were Mark Begich of Alaska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Max Baucus of Montana. (Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada switched his vote to no at the end, a procedural tactic that allows him to bring it up for a vote later.) In addition to Toomey, Republicans who supported the amendment were Sens. Mark Kirk of Illinois, Susan Collins of Maine and John McCain of Arizona.
Scores of onlookers filled the Senate gallery to watch the vote. When ViceRead More »from Obama chastises Senate over failed gun reform amendment
- Chris Wilson | The Ticket – Wed, Apr 17, 2013
Amid the chaos surrounding the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday, the Senate is pushing forward on a scheduled series of votes on amendments to S.649, the gun control bill known as the "Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013."
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday he would vote for a separate amendment sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., which would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
In the following interactive, you can view how each of the 14 amendments would specifically add or replace language to the original bills. Senators who have submitted multiple amendments, like Feinstein, appear twice on the list.
Click a senator's face to see his or her amendment.