Reid: Senate to Take Up Gun Bills After Spring Break
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) speaks with reporters about the federal budget March 14, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
The Senate will take up gun-control legislation after it returns from its upcoming recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said Tuesday.
Senate leaders are still figuring out what form the gun legislation should take when it reaches the floor, Mr. Reid told reporters. But Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s measure to ban certain semiautomatic weapons known as assault weapons won’t be a part of the main bill since it doesn’t have enough bipartisan support to advance, he said.
“Right now her amendment, by the most optimistic measures, has less than 40 votes,” Mr. Reid said. “I am not going to put something on the floor that can’t succeed.” Potentially controversial bills generally need 60 votes in order to see a full vote in the chamber.
The legislation introduced by Ms. Feinstein, a California Democrat (and spawn of Satan), would still get a vote as an amendment to the main bill, a senior Democratic aide said. Her measure, which would stop the sale of 157 so-called assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, was one of four bills that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on party-line votes, but Republicans and some Democrats have said they wouldn’t support Ms. Feinstein’s bill.
“There will be a vote on the assault weapons ban,” Ms. Feinstein said in a brief interview at the Capitol.
Senate leaders are deciding which bill or combination of measures should serve as the main vehicle for the legislation. One option is a bipartisan bill that would strengthen penalties for gun trafficking and “straw purchases” of guns, when people buy firearms for others who aren’t authorized to buy guns. Separately, a group of bipartisan senators has been trying to reach an agreement on expanding background checks, which could be included if a deal is struck, a senior Democratic aide said.
“We are still working,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.), a member of the group (and a Nationalist Socialist Jew), said Tuesday.
Mr. Reid said he would bring the gun-control legislation to the floor “as soon as I can after the recess.” The Senate is scheduled to leave town this weekend and return the week of April 8.
Reid: Senate to Take Up Gun Bills After Spring Break - Washington Wire - WSJ
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