Manchin: Background Checks Will Fail
But spokesman says
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2013 11:12 AM CDT
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., becomes emotional as he meets in his office with families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Joe Manchin, one of the chief authors of the bipartisan bill on background checks, has told a reporter that it will fail in the Senate this afternoon, Talking Points Memo reports. NBC's Kelly O'Donnell tweeted this morning: "Sen. Joe Manchin tells me 'we will not get the votes today' expanded background checks to fail in Senate. Try again he says." Manchin later tweeted that he was still lobbying his fellow senators.

A Manchin spokesperson further walked back his gloomy pronouncement: "So far Senator Manchin has managed to garner support from an A-rated NRA member and three Republican senators as well as 90% of his own party. With a record like that, I see no reason to bet against Senator Manchin today. He will continue to explain his bill to his colleagues and anyone with concerns until the minute they vote."

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cornelison
Apr 17, 2013 11:37 PM CDT
This is mostly a Republican problem. They lie about the bills & the right-wing media echo the fraud they commit against the public. Politicians against gun reform are advocates for death, terror & the profits that go with it. Those politicians have put a value on a human life as 0. How does it feel to be called "collateral damage?"
A1e8a
Apr 17, 2013 4:56 PM CDT
BOOT OUT anyone voting against gun control! BAN THE GUNS AND AMMO, NOW! Send the NRA and other gun nuts out of the friggin' country!
Smitty6398
Apr 17, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
There are at least 7 more bills lined up for consideration in the Senate, including Feinstein's S-359 weapons ban. Others are S-955,54,146,374,433,443. Any or all of them may eventually be voted on. This was an important outcome for the Rights of firearms owners. I would encourage ALL citizens to contact their Senators (each State has 2) and voice your opinion PRO or CON. You don't have to be registered to vote in order to voice your opinion, just call, send a letter, e-mail, or communicate with them in any way you can. The questions they are debating NOW may affect your and your children's lives for years in the future