Reid doesn't have the votes to pass gun control

The question now becomes, will he ever? Politico: The White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are shy of the 60 votes they need to move the bipartisan compromise bill on background checks for gun sales. Vice President Joe Biden has been personally calling senators to urge them to support the measure, Democratic aides say. Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) began a whip count on Monday, Democratic aides said, and Biden has been pressuring his fellow Democrats to fall in line. Biden's office did not return an email seeking comment. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are co-sponsoring the proposal that would expand background checks for commercial gun purchases -- including those at gun shows and online -- opening a pathway for the biggest change in U.S. gun laws in nearly two decades. A cloture vote on the Manchin-Toomey could come by Thursday, Democrats said. Toomey on Monday afternoon acknowledged they don't yet have the votes. "I'm cautiously...(Read Full Post)

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