Reid Pulls Weakened Gun Control Legislation
Promises to reintroduce after an indefinite 'pause'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2013 3:45 PM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid leaves a caucus on Capitol Hill Thursday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Given that the gun legislation moving through the Senate had been stripped of pretty much every reform advocates considered meaningful, Harry Reid today yanked what remained from consideration, reports the Hill. But he promised the Senate would revisit the proposal to tighten background checks after this indefinite "pause and freeze" period. "It is only a matter of time," said Reid, who ended up voting no on the measure himself yesterday to make this legislative maneuver possible. "The stand of the Republicans is not sustainable.”

Given that only four Republicans bucked their party on the vote, however, Reid and Democrats have much work to do. One thing they're looking at, according to the New York Times: Trying to change Senate rules so that the legislation would need only a majority of votes to pass rather than a filibuster-proof 60. Republican Pat Toomey, who helped craft the amendment on background checks, tells the Morning Call of Allentown that he has "no regrets" about the failed effort. "I did the best I could," he says. "I wish it had passed, but the Senate has spoken and these things happen."

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Apr 22, 2013 6:23 AM CDT
Maureen Dowd claims that The President could get legislation in D.C. passed if he bullied Republicans. Maureen is living in a fantasy world. Politics changed when Obama became President. The GOP vowed to say NO to everything including their own past proposals. It's been no, no, no. That's not politics as usual. It's a deliberate annihilation of the country. Dowd also forgets that The Senate has blocked the will of the people & the filibuster has been abused by both parties. Maybe Dowd should rethink her criticism. If she thinks that she can do better than Obama then invite her to The White House and give The President the playbook. She will fail & have to "eat crow."
Apr 19, 2013 1:47 PM CDT
Why don't the voters of Nevada "Pull" this senile old fool from office? The man is an embarassment to the country.
Apr 19, 2013 1:46 PM CDT
Attaboy, Harry ! Sit down, relax. Bow your head and take several deep breaths. Rest and reflect on what just happened. This is only Round 1. Hold your chin up and get back in the ring, you control the fight. ONLY 9 more Rounds to go. Watch out for the Right Hooks, they're wicked ! But 90% of the crowd is with you ?? GO GIT 'EM, GOP !!