Friday, April 12, 2013

These 16 Republicans Voted To Advance Gun Control Bill in Senate

Here are the 16 Republicans who voted with Feinstein, Schumer and Reid to advance the gun control bill in the Senate.

If you are represented by one of these Senators, get on the phone and let them know what you think.


Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Richard Burr (N.C.)
Saxby Chambliss (Ga.)
Tom Coburn (Okla.)
Susan Collins (Maine)
Bob Corker (Tenn.)
Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
Dean Heller (Nev.)
John Hoeven (N.D.)
Johnny Isakson (Ga.)
Mark Kirk (Ill.)

The U.S. Senate on Thursday cut off a filibuster effort on a new gun control bill, a major step in clearing the way for debate on a package of new firearms restrictions.
A group of senators led by Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) had tried to block debate from starting. Their effort was squashed by a final vote of 68 to 31, eight votes more than the 60-vote threshold needed.
Sixteen Republicans joined with 50 Democrats and two independents to let the bill proceed, while 29 Republicans and two Democrats voted to block it.

What's In The Proposed Senate Gun Control Legislation ?

The package, as currently formulated, is made up of three provisions that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last month:

1) Expanding background checks
2) Cracking down on gun trafficking and straw purchasing
3) Reauthorizing and expanding a Justice Department grant program for school safety

Right now the bill as currently written contains a background-check plan authored by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. But in light of the Manchin-Toomey compromise rolled out yesterday, if the Senate advances the legislation Thursday, Sen. Harry Reid has said one of the first amendments to the bill will be to swap the Manchin-Toomey framework in for the Schumer placeholder. That framework would apply background checks for gun show and Internet sales but exempt some other personal transactions.

The Manchin-Toomey proposal, though, is causing other concerns about the process -- the fact that the underlying bill which senators are considering is expected to change substantively from its current form. Many senators opposing Thursday's vote have cited the fact they don't even know what it is they are voting on.

With the bill advancing, Reid said there will be a good deal of amendments that will likely take until next week to go through. Here are a couple amendments we know will be offered, in addition to the Manchin-Toomey substitute:

-- Assault weapons ban
-- Limit on high-capacity magazines

There are some other bipartisan bills percolating related to mental health that may come as amendments as well.

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Rand Paul, R-Ky., are also expected to offer amendments.

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