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.
FACT CHECK. Those who are in favor of limiting our Second Amendment rights have continually used a statistic that 90 percent of Americans support expanded background checks for gun purchases. But using this statistic ignores important questions that need to be asked with regard to the anti-gun bill in the Senate:
Are 90 percent of Americans really in favor of requiring a background check to borrow a friend’s hunting rifle? In the original Reid bill (which was the pending bill when Pres. Obama issued his call to action), borrowing a friend’s hunting rifle without a background check would be a felony.
Are 90 percent of Americans really in favor of requiring a background check to buy a firearm advertised on the local church bulletin board? The Schumer-Toomy-Manchin Amendment would require such a check.
These are the questions the polls do not ask, but these are the questions that matter to law-abiding Americans. And on the questions that matter, 90 percent isn’t 90 percent.
LADY THATCHER. Yesterday afternoon, the Senate passed a resolution to honor her life and legacy offered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY):
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.
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 weregreatly 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.”
After this took place, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) paid Lady Thatcher tribute as well:
IMMIGRATION. A comprehensive immigration bill was introduced today by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Michael Bennet (D-CO).
S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” was introduced at 2:37 AM.
REPEAL. More and more Americans are calling for the repeal of Obamacare (sub. req’d):
A labor union representing roofers is reversing course and calling for repeal of the federal health law, citing concerns the law will raise its cost for insuring members.
“After the law was passed, I had great hope … that maybe the rough spots would be worked out and we’d have a great law,” said Kinsey Robinson, international president of the union, which represents 22,000 commercial and industrial roofers.
Like many unions, the roofers insure members through a so-called multiemployer health insurance plan that’s jointly managed by employers and the union. Mr. Robinson says the union’s concerns about the law began to pile up in recent months after speaking with employers.