First on CNN: Senate background checks vote delayed
April 15th, 2013
04:22 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Senate background checks vote delayed

Washington (CNN) – Supporters of a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks for guns sales currently don't have the 60 votes they will need to win approval of their amendment so a vote on the proposal - which was expected midweek - is unlikely before the end of the week, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, told CNN in an exclusive interview Monday.

The vote is being pushed back so Manchin and others can build support for the controversial plan.

"We've got to work hard don't we," Manchin said, acknowledging he would need to convince a large number of undecided senators to support the measure which is opposed by the National Rifle Association. "We've got to work hard and the more people know about the bill, the more people read the bill, the more people see the facts of the bill, it breaks down all the misnomers."

He said he was reaching out to senators who voted last week against beginning debate on guns.

"We're working on all of them. Some of them who might not have voted for cloture might be more receptive once they see the facts," he said. "Now that we have gun groups coming out in support, it really helps us."

Asked if the vote would take place Tuesday or Wednesday, as supporters have hoped, Manchin said he didn't think so.

"I would say by the end of the week, probably. I really do," he said.


Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Manchin • Senate
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. rs

    C'mon Republicans, 90% of Americans want this. November 2014 isn't that far away.

    April 15, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. California

    Democrats have no problem with Partial Birth Abortions though (Gosnell).

    April 15, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Right 90% . Keep us laughing.
    Any chance for the government to collect more data on you. That has to be a good thing huh ?

    April 15, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Donna

    It sure sounds like all those Democrat Senators from red states know better than to blindly follow the anti 2nd Amendment Democrat Party and vote against the will of the people in the states that they are SUPPOSED to represent.

    April 15, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. beingpushedtotheright

    90%? I doubt that. Nobody asked me.

    April 15, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. 2012liberal

    Nothing new. Vote the gop out n 2014. Wake up ppl!

    April 15, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. California

    Democrats are out to ban all guns period.

    April 15, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. California

    Registration leads to confiscation. California in the 90's is proof of that fact.

    April 15, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Frank Gurskis

    We regulate cars more than guns. Cars are registered with a license plate, you have to pass a test and be issued a license with photo id that you must carry at all times along with proof of insurance. Soon only outlaws will be able to drive. Soon we will be a totalitarian hell like Canada forced to take mass transit to foreign Canadian football.and eat their terrible ham masquerading as foreign Canadian bacon.

    April 15, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. rs

    California

    Democrats have no problem with Partial Birth Abortions though (Gosnell).
    _______________________
    Yeah, after that Republicans starve them, and allow crazies to shoot at them.

    April 15, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Tommy G

    Looks like Obama's own party is getting cold feet and doesn't want to vote for a law they know will do nothing but harass law abiding citizens. I guess they figure some of the hundred million gun owners live in their states and that they vote. I don't know why everybody says Democrats are dumb.

    April 15, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. rs

    Anonymous

    Right 90% . Keep us laughing.
    Any chance for the government to collect more data on you.
    ________________________________
    Yes, that is the current polling data, I know how you Righties hate polls. Romney win yet?
    Meanwhile nobody knows you own guns right? Not your bank, not the gun store, not the manufacturer, nobody?

    April 15, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. just sayin

    California
    Registration leads to confiscation. California in the 90's is proof of that fact.
    -–

    Cuomo in NY has also talked about it. Then suddenly dropped 20 points in the polls. Keep up the good work Democrats!

    April 15, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. just askin

    rs
    Anonymous
    Right 90% . Keep us laughing.
    Any chance for the government to collect more data on you.
    ________________________________
    Meanwhile nobody knows you own guns right? Not your bank, not the gun store, not the manufacturer, nobody?
    --

    "the bank"???? and your little brain can't tell the difference between local paper records across the country and a large centralized government owned and run database??

    April 15, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. ghostriter

    Can someone explain how 60 votes are needed? This filibuster thing has got to be changed.

    Registration leads to straw buyers going out of business. The only reason conservatives believe otherwise is because they have been told what to believe.

    April 15, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. ghostriter

    Say gun nuts.....Google knows more about your gun purchases than you realize. There are already several databases about you. Purchase guns or ammo online, you are in a database. Do a background check, you are in a database. Sign up via internet to the NRA, you are in a database. Only you slowcoach neanderthals who just found out the internet can be used for more than getting your rocks off don't know this.

    And BTW, the government would not need a registry to confiscate guns. Half of you nutcases would complain openly and invite them to come and try.

    April 15, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. just sayin

    ghostriter
    Can someone explain how 60 votes are needed? This filibuster thing has got to be changed.
    -–

    ok... we'll change it after we take control of the senate in 2014 thanks to your anti 2nd amendment crusade. thanks for giving us the go ahead. truly appreciated.

    April 15, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. agnar150

    You guys need to do background checks on people who buy bombs too. What where you thinking?

    April 15, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. agnar150

    Just to let you guys know. I have purchased around 7 guns in my life from used to brand new. Every single purchase they did a background check on me. I am not sure what all the commotion is about? Shouldn't this be the norm? I would think our government is crazy if they didn't do them.

    April 15, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Joe Treslon

    just sayin

    ghostriter
    Can someone explain how 60 votes are needed? This filibuster thing has got to be changed.
    -–

    ok... we'll change it after we take control of the senate in 2014 thanks to your anti 2nd amendment crusade. thanks for giving us the go ahead. truly appreciated.
    ___
    Haha, just like how you guys were going to win the 2012 election?

    April 15, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. rs

    just askin

    rs
    Anonymous
    Right 90% . Keep us laughing.
    Any chance for the government to collect more data on you.
    ________________________________
    Meanwhile nobody knows you own guns right? Not your bank, not the gun store, not the manufacturer, nobody?
    -

    "the bank"???? and your little brain can't tell the difference between local paper records across the country and a large centralized government owned and run database??
    ______________________________
    So, please describe this database, in detail if you know so much. A background check is just that- it checks databases, it doesn't build one. You're just parroting the NRA blather about background checks lead to registration leads to confiscation leads to embarrassing skin disorders- all hooey.

    April 15, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. Tony in Maine

    Lord – the eyeballs are spinning tonight

    April 15, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. Pete

    Yah and CNN change your threads heading with the "Senate should have better background checks " as well because of ignorence..There ,how many here didn't pick that up and we have a great education system here in the U.S.,what a laugh!!

    April 15, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. Anthony in California

    @just sayin
    ghostriter
    Can someone explain how 60 votes are needed? This filibuster thing has got to be changed.
    -–

    ok... we'll change it after we take control of the senate in 2014 thanks to your anti 2nd amendment crusade. thanks for giving us the go ahead. truly appreciated.

    And by "we" you mean who? Democrats? Because Republicans arent taking over anything, anytime soon. Howd those Romney polls work out for you guys?

    I'll wait.....

    April 15, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. ak_steve

    There is no longer such thing as a majority vote. We may as well stop kidding ourselves that we live in a democracy because the GOP has decided that even if a majority want something they will stop it anyways. And it's not just gun laws... it's every law. Thank you again GOP for insuring are country never progresses. Your 1950's ideals are turning us into a third world country.

    April 15, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |