McConnell to join conservative filibuster of gun bill

With nearly a third - and possibly more - of his caucus ready to filibuster the gun control bill in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell bowed to the inevitable and announced he would oppose any cloture vote on the legislation. Politico: "While nobody knows yet what Senator Reid's plan is for the gun bill, if he chooses to file cloture on the motion to proceed to the Reid Bill (S. 649), Senator McConnell will oppose cloture on proceeding to that bill," McConnell spokesman John Ashbrook said in a statement. McConnell joins a group of 13 senators who have already vowed to block any gun legislation. President Barack Obama, who traveled on Monday to Hartford, Conn. to speak in favor of gun control legislation, will speak critically of the threats of a filibuster from Senate Republicans, according prepared remarks. "Some back in Washington are already floating the idea that they might use political stunts to prevent votes on any of these reforms," Obama will say,...(Read Full Post)