Gun control legislation clears hurdle — with GOP help
Today, the Senate voted to move forward on debate of new gun control legislation, approving a procedural motion with a 68-31 vote.
The Senate will now take up the Democratic proposal which would expand background checks, place stricter enforcement on gun trafficking and increase funding for school security. Yesterday’s compromise between West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey gave many Republicans cover to stop a threatened filibuster by conservatives in the Senate. The bill, as it stands now, it is unlikely to pass the House.
Here are the 16 Republicans who voted in favor of the motion — and the two Democrats who voted against it:
Red State Democrats Mark Begich and Mark Pryor were nos.