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15-Hour Filibuster Lands Deal for Gun Control Vote

GOP agrees to vote on 2 amendments
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2016 4:55 AM CDT
Updated Jun 16, 2016 6:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – After almost 15 hours of filibustering, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy declared victory early Thursday morning, saying he had secured a Senate vote on gun control measures. The Connecticut senator, who cited the Sandy Hook massacre when he launched the filibuster Wednesday morning, called it a day at 2:11am, the Guardian reports. He told reporters that Republican leaders had agreed to vote on measures to expand background checks and ban gun sales to suspected terrorists, which will be introduced as amendments to a spending bill, reports the Washington Post. Murphy noted that while he had secured a vote, there's no guarantee that any Republicans will actually vote in favor of the measures.

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During the talkathon, Murphy said the Orlando mass shooting was a "devastating" event, and that the Senate "has done absolutely nothing" after other mass shootings. Sources from both parties tell Politico that during a difficult day of negotiations on Capitol Hill, very little progress was made in bringing the sides together, even on such a seemingly simple measure as denying guns to suspected terrorists. (Donald Trump reportedly favors a ban on such sales and plans to meet with the NRA on the issue.)

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