Sixteen Republicans Go Soft
By Harold Hutchison
The United States Senate moved on to debate a gun bill that would impose wide-ranging background checks on all gun purchases. This comes as the NRA announced that it would “score” the votes on some of the amendments that will come up.
The Senate vote to end a filibuster lead by Rand Paul on the motion to proceed was 68-31, with sixteen Republicans voting to move the bill to the floor of the United States Senate, while Democrats Mark Pryor and Mark Begich, both facing tough re-election races, voted to sustain the filibuster.