Morning Action: Senate Does Not Have Votes for Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Gun Bill

GUNS. Today, the Senate will vote on the Toomey amendment to their anti-gun bill, which would infringe upon our Second Amendment rights.  Fortunately, however, this flawed bill does not have sufficient support:

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Democrats were two votes short of a filibuster-proof majority on an amendment that would end the gun show exemption and expand background checks to online sales.

Democratic aides tracking the bill said their magic number was a bit higher and said that members of both parties are still being lobbied. These same sources declined to give an exact whip count or list of names, given the delicate nature of the talks. An unofficial count by CQ Roll Call suggests that negotiators have 52 supporters, with eight senators still in play.

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Senate Passes Resolution to Honor Lady Thatcher Just Before Funeral

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has called up his resolution honoring Lady Margaret Thatcher, and it has finally passed by unanimous consent.

Though the Senate waited till the last moment, at least it cannot be said that this fitting tribute was not completed before Lady Thatcher’s funeral, which will take place tomorrow.

However, it is unfortunate — and perhaps even reprehensible on the part of those who were holding up the resolution — that the completion of this simple action required a great deal of outside pressure.

Now that sufficient detail has surfaced – which did not occur sooner because of the secrecy with which Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) was operating – it appears that there were certain factual, historical events in the Baroness’s life that Mr. Menendez did not want to commemorate.

Yet, ultimately the language of the resolution passed today in the Senate commemorated several of Lady Thatcher’s specific accomplishments and events in her life that were greatly significant, as Sen. McConnell stated:

Let me just say that Margaret was one of the most influential and revolutionary figures of the 20th century, and failing to name her achievements would do her memory and her legacy a great disservice.

May Baroness Thatcher rest in peace.  Her legacy and her effect on the world will never be erased or forgotten.

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Slighting Lady Thatcher and the British Yet Again

Tomorrow is the funeral for Lady Margaret Thatcher.  Those in attendance will remember Lady Thatcher’s great work as prime minister of Great Britain, and no American should forget the Iron Lady’s steadfast commitment to the United States during the Cold War, throughout her time in office, and until her death.

President Obama will send a four-person delegation headed by two former Republican secretaries of state, James Baker and George Schultz, to attend her funeral.  But his blatant refusal to send a member of his own administration is something the British view as a snub.

From the Daily Mail:

Friends and allies of Baroness Thatcher expressed ‘surprise and disappointment’ last night as it emerged President Obama is not planning to send any serving member of his administration to her funeral.

Though the House passed a resolution to honor the Iron Lady the day after her death on April 8, the Senate has failed to do the same, thanks to a hold on the resolution by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), which speaks volumes.  

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Cloakroom: Cybersecurity and Guns

House Cloakroom: April 15 – April 19

Analysis:  This week the House will turn its focus to cyber security.  They will take up a bill that is intended to promote information sharing between private entities to increase their ability to manage cyber threats.  The House passed a related piece of legislation last Congress and is renewing their efforts now in the 113th Congress.

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Dangerous, Ineffective Gun Bill Advances

Yesterday, the Senate voted to advance a bill that would criminalize victims and law-abiding gun owners.  Under the guise of preventing people from becoming victims of gun violence, this bill would actually undermine the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens, potentially making law-abiding gun owners and gun users criminals.

The next step in the corrosion of our Second Amendment rights is the debate on this destructive Schumer-Toomey-Manchin bill, which Pat Toomey admitted wouldn’t have prevented the tragedy in Newtown.

But as that debate proceeds, recall that the Left is already greatly pleased that this first barrier to their oppressive gun law was broken down.  In fact, Time described the Senate’s vote yesterday as a “win” for Democrats.

But, this language shows what this debate has truly become: liberals have made gun laws about optics.

What is most outrageous, though, is that the Left has failed to make a legitimate argument that this legislation can protect people from gun violence.  On the contrary, conservatives have offered real solutions and understand that such solutions do not lie in the hands of the federal government.

Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham makes the case for freedom.  This morning on MSNBC, he gave an excellent defense of our constitutional rights, while his liberal counterpart failed to offer any conclusive evidence that the liberal gun bill would serve to protect anyone from gun violence.

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