(CNN) – Proponents of the failed Senate amendment that called for expanding the background check system reacted with sharp disappointment Wednesday after the Senate defeated the measure in a 54-46 vote.
Meanwhile, those who opposed the amendment expressed satisfaction and pride, claiming victory for voting down a provision they claimed would infringe on Second Amendment rights.
Check out a range of the reactions after the jump.
(CNN) – In a major defeat for supporters of tougher gun laws, the Senate on Wednesday defeated a compromise proposal to expand background checks on firearms sales.
The bipartisan compromise was championed by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and backed by President Barack Obama in his push for a package of gun laws in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.
"On this vote, the yays are 54, the nays are 46. Under the previous order requiring 60 votes for the adoption of this amendment, the amendment is not agreed to," said Vice President Joe Biden, who presided over the vote in his role as president of the Senate.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden, in his role as president of the Senate, presided over Wednesday's big vote on a a controversial amendment to the package pushed by President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.
"I hope to God that there are 60 people up there that have the courage to stand up," Biden said during a Google+ Hangout Wednesday afternoon, before the vote.
However, the amendment, a bipartisan compromise that expands the background check system, was defeated in a 54-46 vote.
"This is going to be a close vote," he said earlier. "But I assure you one thing: If we don't get it today, we're going to get it eventually."
(CNN) - A bipartisan group of senators formally filed legislation early Wednesday calling for border security as the cornerstone of immigration reform.
The bill also would prevent undocumented immigrants from reaching full legal resident status until after the government takes steps to keep unauthorized workers from getting jobs in the United States, according to a summary released before the bill was filed.FULL STORY
(CNN) – The U.S. Senate will begin voting on amendments to gun legislation on Wednesday, including the leading proposals for tighter restrictions spurred by the Connecticut school massacre in December.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the list of first votes would include the bipartisan yet controversial agreement on expanding background checks proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate will begin voting on amendments to gun legislation on Wednesday, including the leading proposals for tighter restrictions spurred by the Connecticut school massacre in December.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the list of first votes would include the bipartisan yet controversial agreement on expanding background checks proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania.
(CNN) – The ricin-tainted envelope intercepted at a Washington mail facility was addressed to Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, CNN reported Tuesday night.
The senator has been assigned a protective detail following the discovery, according to a law enforcement source.
But who is Wicker?
Washington (CNN) – Four Republican senators who were on the fence about a bipartisan compromise on gun control said on Monday they would now oppose the measure.
Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, and Richard Burr of North Carolina told CNN of their plans regarding the deal struck by Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, to expand background checks to private transactions at gun shows and in online sales.
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona announced his decision on his Facebook page.
(CNN) – Candidates in this month's primaries for the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts announced they were suspending campaign activity Monday as authorities continue to investigate apparent bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic frontrunner, said he was "disturbed and saddened" by the explosions that left dozens injured and caused multiple deaths.
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.