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Expanded background checks, a pillar of President Obama’s gun control agenda, is in jeopardy of falling short of the required 60 votes in the Senate.

Republican lawmakers who were considered possible “yes” votes have backed away. GOP Sens. Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Dan Coats (Ind.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.) have said they will vote against a compromise to expand background checks to cover sales at gun shows and over the Internet.


Isakson, Chambliss, Corker and Alexander were the targets of a new television ad launched Friday by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns to pressure senators to vote for the background-check legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

Toomey on Monday said he doesn’t have the votes: “Not yet, but we’re working on it.”........


Senate Democratic leaders still believe they have a shot at rounding up 60 votes to overcome an expected Republican filibuster of the amendment to expand background checks, but they would need the lion’s share of the remaining undecided votes.

“We always knew it was going to be close. There are enough undecided votes out there for it to pass,” a senior Democratic aide said.........


Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, held nearly 80 events in the home states of wavering senators over the weekend to build pressure before the vote.

Democratic leaders, led by Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), are scrambling to limit defections from their ranks.

Democratic Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Mark Begich (Alaska) are potential votes against the deal. All five on Monday indicated they are still reviewing the proposal, and Baucus said he hadn’t heard from Obama or Vice President Biden..............



“I think at the end of the day, this is unlikely to fail because of Democrats,” said a Democratic aide.

Schumer said in an ABC News interview Sunday: “We’re going to have the overwhelming majority of Democrats be for this.”

Democrats control 55 seats in the upper chamber. Four Republicans have so far pledged to support Manchin-Toomey: Sens. Mark Kirk (Ill.), Susan Collins (Maine) and John McCain (Ariz.), in addition to Toomey.

Democrats need only one more Republican to vote to advance the proposal if they keep their caucus unified. But doing so appears unlikely. .............


The undecided Republicans include Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Dean Heller (Nev.). Flake on Monday said he is “leaning against” the legislation. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) will likely vote “no.”........


Democrats also want to prevent a vote on GOP-sponsored legislation to allow concealed carry permits to apply across state lines.



http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/294039-manchin-toomey-bill-faces-uphill-path-to-secure-60-votes-
 

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Expanded background checks, a pillar of President Obama’s gun control agenda, is in jeopardy of falling short of the required 60 votes in the Senate.
Good. Throw that horrible piece of legislation into the burnpile where it belongs, along with (figuratively speaking) the politicians that supported it.

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