Schumer, McCain say gun control bills will return
The Senate will try again to pass recently defeated gun control legislation, and will be aided by increasing activism from previously neutral voters, Sen. Chuck Schumer predicted today at a press conference.
“I think we will bring the bill back before the end of the year… lots of Senators who thought it was safe to vote against it [April 17] because of the intensity [of gun-rights supporters] are not so sure any more,” Schumer told reporters at an April breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
“I do agree with Chuck that I think the issue will come back,” said Sen. John McCain, who supported an amendment to expand background checks during an April 17 vote.
The amendment failed to get the needed 60 votes to overcome a filibuster, and failed 54 to 46.
It was a critical defeat for President Obama, whose top three legislative issues for 2013 are gun control, an overhaul of immigration laws and a budget deal that includes a major tax increase.