Senator Manchin Concedes Background Checks Bill Will Fail Today
Senator Joe Manchin is conceding this morning that the bill he is co-sponsoring with Senator Pat Toomey will fail to achieve cloture today:
Amid growing Republican opposition to a bipartisan proposal that would expand background checks for gun purchases, one of the measure’s chief sponsors acknowledged Wednesday that it will fail in the Senate — at least for now.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) conceded to NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell that the proposal “will not get the votes today.”
As I noted last night, this isn’t entirely surprising.
Failure to invoke cloture won’t be the end of the bill, Majority Leader Reid could theoretically bring the bill back up at a later date, but this is going to be a substantial defeat for the gun control crowd.