Manchin/Toomey Amendment Fails
Not surprisingly, the Senate failed to pass the gun background checks amendment to the Senate Gun Bill offered by Senators Manchin and Toomey:
The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks.
It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with 5 Democrats voting against it. Only 4 Republicans supported it.
Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) voted against it. Reid supported the measure but voted against it to preserve his ability to bring the measure up again.
GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) voted yes.
Under a previous agreement, this amendment, like all the other amendments being voted on today, required 60 votes to pass. It’s not expected that any of the other amendments will pass either and, indeed, several of them have already been voted down. The only one where the outcome will be of interest will be the “Assault Weapons” ban if only to see how many Democrats break with Harry Reid on that one.