Via Elizabeth Sheld at The Conversation, this could be for no other reason than to “shame” Senators into voting for the bill.:
The Senate could vote as early as tomorrow on the Toomey-Manchin gun control bill. Reports indicate the Democrats do not have the 60 votes they need to pass the bill.
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords was on the Hill today along with her husband Mark Kelly.
“She’s our whip,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who along with Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) crafted the deal to extend background checks on commercial gun sales and close the so-called “gun show loophole.”
Ace reports that Republicans are balking at voting for the Amendment that is to be added to the shell bill.
Here’s what I believe the procedural backstory to be: The bill that passed is a shell bill of some kind, which wouldn’t pass itself, but was to serve as the vehicle for the finished bill. The finished bill would be supplemented by the Toomey-Manchin “compromise” — without this supposedly “centrist” compromise, the shell bill would not pass.
And now Republicans are balking about adding that amendment to the shell bill. If that amendment is filibustered, it can’t be added to the shell bill, and the whole bill will fail (as it won’t have enough Republicans in its favor).
Today, the same day that Reid said “we have the wind at out backs”, the Politico reported that the gun control bill “has little if any, chance of passing this Congress – it’s struggling in the Senate and facing outright rejection in the House.”
John Nolte crowed a little at Big Journalism:
In the immediate aftermath of the tragic Newtown murders, Obama and His Media joined forces to exploit the deaths of innocent children for all it was worth — with a series of laws that would have done absolutely nothing to stop the very crime they were exploiting. This naked political move to leverage the murder of innocents as an excuse to attack the National Rifle Association and gun owners, who live predominantly in red states, is about as cynical and craven as it gets.
According to Politico, though, all this soul selling is likely to come to nothing. Politico reports on Tuesday that the gun control bill Obama, liberal Democrats, Piers Morgan, Chuck Todd, and all of CNN want so desperately to pass “has little if any, chance of passing this Congress – it’s struggling in the Senate and facing outright rejection in the House.”
Obama and His Media kept moving the goal posts for victory until they reached a point where assault weapons and the size of magazine clips were completely off the table. All that remains today is a small tightening of background checks. That doesn’t mean, though, that victory wouldn’t still be declared and Obama celebrated as Caesar back from the wars. But even that piece of practically-nothing looks unlikely to pass — in part, because of three Senate Democrats who, as of now, are unwilling to support it.
The latest, via Ace: Heller Abandons Toomey-Manchin; Will Vote “No”.
Looking, real good, there, Dingy.
Taking nothing for granted, Senator Ted Cruz, today, released the second in a series of “Freedom Minute” segments discussing the fight to defend the Second Amendment.
Hi, I’m Ted Cruz and this is a Freedom Minute.
When it comes to violent gun crime, the government should use every tool to punish and deter violent criminals.
Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has failed to make this a priority. In 2010, more than 15,000 fugitives and felons tried to illegally purchase a firearm. The Obama Justice Department prosecuted only 44. Fourty-four out of over 15,000. That’s completely unacceptable.
Instead of going after criminals, politicians in Washington are working to try to take away the constitutional rights for law-abiding Americans.
Our rights as citizens matter most in times of crisis.
That’s why I believe under no circumstance should Congress be allowed to undermine our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The Bill of Rights is too important.
Oh brother, they’re pulling out all the stops.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman explained that Obama is unable to attend the funeral of our Britain’s Iron Lady and staunch U.S. ally during the Cold War because “this is a hugely significant week in terms of U.S. politics.”
The spokesman elaborated, saying that because the First Lady and Vice President Biden “are the president’s point people on gun control,” their attendance at Thatcher’s funeral is not possible either.
“This is a week when there is a lot of movement on Capitol Hill on gun issues,” the spokesman said.
Because this is such an important issue to the American people…..
Biden opened his mouth again: Biden: Al-Qaeda Telling Jihadists To Exploit “Guns Show Loophole,” Lies About It Being Fresh Intelligence…
We just caught Biden in a lie, he’s saying this information was given to Obama last Thursday in the daily intelligence briefing, but it’s clear he’s talking about what al-Qaeda leader Adam Gadahn said in 2011 but was dredged up last Wednesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Either way it’s bunk because Gadahn made several claims about U.S. gun laws that are patently false.
There’s no “gun show loophole.” That’s a Regime lie.