In the coming days, the Senate will hear debate and amendments to the bipartisan gun bill — which includes background checks — authored by senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). Last Thursday’s procedural vote to avoid a filibuster saw 50 Democrats and 16 Republicans voting in favor of the motion.
A vote on the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 is expected this week—with the support of 48 Democrats and three Republicans; nine more votes are needed for the measure to pass the Senate hurdle. These six senators remain undecided, and their votes could help determine the future of background check laws.
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