Manchin: My background check amendment will fail today

And the reason he gives is a reflection of President Obama wanting to do too much ,too quickly, and without a thought to the political consequences for members of congress. NBC Miami: The bipartisan effort to expand background checks will not have the votes to advance in the Senate today, according to one of the architects of the deal. "We will not get the votes today," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told NBC News. Potential supporters, Republican Sens. Jeff Flake, of Arizona, and Florida's Marco Rubio, could not risk a stand on background checks in the face of opposition from their conservative base because they are already leading on immigration, Manchin said. Sources also told NBC News that the effort's proponents are 4 to 5 votes short, a gulf that could widen if Democrats in conservative states decide not to support the measure. As the showdown vote draws near later Wednesday, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows ebbing public support for tightening gun control laws. In the...(Read Full Post)