Senator Joe Manchin said, “We’re going to work this bill with all of our hearts.”
Senator Joe Manchin told “Fox News Sunday” that he plans to rework his failed gun control legislation to get it back before the Senate. According to the Associated Press, Manchin said he is going to “re-introduce a measure that would require criminal and mental health background checks for gun buyers at shows and online.”
On Friday, Senator Pat Toomey, the co-sponsor of the original bill said:
My own view is very simple: The Senate has had its vote. We’ve seen the outcome of that vote. I am not aware of any reason to believe that if we had the vote again that we’d have a different outcome.
But Manchin insists there was “confusion” of what the bill contained, and that if lawmakers take the time to read it, they will support it. He also does not believe that Toomey is finished with the bill, telling Fox news, “I don’t think he’s done.”
Congress took up the gun control debate in earnest after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, but any attempts to increase regulations have been blocked by the supporters of the “powerful pro-gun lobby, the National Rifle Association.” The bipartisan proposal presented to congress earlier this month by Manchin and Toomey failed after only receiving 54 of the required 60 Senate votes.
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