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Senate Background Checks

Sabrina Siddiqui

Gun Control Groups' New Background Checks Strategy: Let Voters Decide | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fresh off the heels of a successful ballot measure to expand background checks in Washington state, the anti-gun violence coalition is e...

Gun Control Groups Stand By Their Candidates, NRA Abandons Pro-Gun Dems

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

The gun lobby may have abandoned Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), even though both senators voted against a universal backgro...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Reid Urges Congress To Revisit Background Checks After Another Deadly Shooting At Fort Hood | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urged Congress on Thursday to reconsider legislation to expand background checks in the wake ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

House Democrats Renew Calls For Gun Control | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Democratic lawmakers is seeking to revive stalled gun control efforts on Capitol Hill, after President Barack Obama pledged i...

Sam Stein

Senator Calls For Renewed Gun Debate After Navy Yard Shooting | Sam Stein | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard has failed to stir the political world to revive the gun control debates that immediately follow...

Sabrina Siddiqui

White House Avoids Gun Control In Navy Yard Massacre | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Jay Carney was reluctant to reopen a debate on gun control Monday after 13 people were killed in a mass shoo...

'Bribe The Senate' Campaign Is A Thing

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

A new viral campaign launched this week is reaching out to anyone upset over the Senate's April vote against bipartisan legislation to expand backgrou...

Nick Wing

Mark Begich: Background Checks Shouldn't Be 'Holy Grail' | Nick Wing | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- For Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), there is no way comprehensive gun violence legislation will pass with a provision to expand backg...

Jennifer Bendery

Newtown Families Leave Washington Frustrated, Hopeful After Background Checks Push | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this week, a group of friends and families of the Newtown, Conn. shooting victims piled into a bus and made the six-hour trek to...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Red State Democrats Unfazed By Background Check Backlash | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) considers holding another vote on legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers, ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Former GOP Senator: Nothing Unreasonable About Background Checks | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) said Thursday she would have supported legislation to expand background checks for firearm pu...

NRA, Gun Rights Groups Come To Struggling Senator's Aid

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

National gun rights groups are coming to the aid of Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) this week, days after a poll showed her approval rating plummeting in t...

Jason Linkins

For Background Checks, Is There Life After Legislative Loss? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

When the Senate voted to frustrate the efforts of Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to strengthen the existing system of background c...

GOP Logic Vacuum and Gun Violence

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Edward Flattau

The April 17 Senate debate was a public embarrassment in which a minority employed insults to logic to thwart the will of a vast majority of the nation.

Senate Unlikely To Face Consequences After Gun Failure

RealClearPolitics | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

In the wake of gun control’s stinging defeat on the Senate floor last week, proponents are consoling themselves with the fact that midterm elections...

I Read Each of the Anti-Background Check Senators' Statements And Tweeted My Responses

Hugh Sterbakov | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Hugh Sterbakov

No law is perfect, and there is no absolute solution, simply mitigation. Guns don't kill people, but people with guns kill people. Take guns out of the equation, and it's harder. Make it harder to get guns, and it's harder. Let's just make it harder.

GOP Senator Defends Obama's Gun Speech

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday defended President Barack Obama's emotionally charged speech decrying the Senate's failure to pass a bipartisa...

Ryan Grim

Senate Gun Vote Reignites Filibuster Debate | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday's vote on expanding background checks for gun sales would have led to headlines in many other countries about a landslide vict...

Howard Fineman

Washington Proves Again It's Where Change Goes To Die | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics

I saw Vice President Joe Biden in the Senate late last week and asked him about the chances of passing the gun reform legislation expanding background checks. Usually the soul of confidence and good cheer, Biden gave me a weary smile. "I've got my fingers crossed," he said. That wasn't enough. By a vote of 54-46 -- short of the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster -- the U.S. Senate proved once again that Washington is the place where change goes to die. This wasn't merely the Senate being what the Founding Fathers envisioned: the "cooling saucer" for the hot coffee of legislative emotion. This was the Senate, constricted by its own rules and the laser-focused fire of the NRA, being the slaughterhouse of public will.

Here Are The Twitter Handles Of The Senators Who Voted No On Background Checks

Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

The Senate rejected a bipartisan compromise amendment to expand gun background checks on Wednesday, casting a 54 to 46 vote that drew sharp responses ...

Giffords: The Senate Has Yet Again Chosen 'To Do Nothing'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) skewered senators on Wednesday in a fundraising email sent out seconds after the Senate voted down an amendme...

Ryan Grim

Hero Of Tucson Escorted Out Of Capitol For Shaming Senate | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Patricia Maisch, a hero of the Tucson shooting that left six dead and another 13 wounded, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ar...

GOP Mega-Donor: Obama Right, Republicans Wrong On Gun Control

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

Al Hoffman, a top GOP donor with a history of criticizing fellow Republicans for perceived intransigence, blasted the party's position on gun control ...

Ad Campaign Calls For Background Checks

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the anti-gun violence group spearheaded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, launched a new ad campaign Friday askin...

Sam Stein

Reid Has Votes For First Gun Control Reform To Clear Hurdle | Sam Stein | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) likely has the votes on gun control legislation to clear its first procedural hurdle -- a vic...