The good news is the Dems still don’t have 60 votes, the bad news is they’re only two or three short.
The Senate will vote Wednesday afternoon on what could be the biggest change in U.S. gun laws in nearly two years.
Senators will take up the bipartisan proposal from Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to expand background checks on firearm purchases and close the so-called gun show loophole at 4 p.m.
It will require 60 votes to pass, and the White House and Democrats still lack the final votes they need.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his GOP counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, finalized the agreement on Tuesday night setting up votes on eight additional amendments.
Democrats, the White House and gun – safety groups were still lobbying undecided members on Tuesday. Vice President Joe Biden has spoken with several senators on the issue.
(Yahoo News) — Vice President Joe Biden told a former congressional aide Tuesday during a visit to the Capitol building that the Senate was just two votes short of reaching the 60-vote threshold needed to pass a gun reform bill through the chamber.
After a speech honoring Gabriel Zimmerman, who was killed in the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that severely injured his boss, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Biden told former Giffords aide Pam Simon that the bill would pass and that two votes were needed.
“We will win,” Biden told Simon, who survived a gunshot wound in the shooting.
When asked about his comments, Biden told reporters that the vote count on the gun bill was “fluid.”
“We are working to get to 60, and it’s fluid,” Biden said. “I think we’re there, but it’s not unusual as you all know for people to make up their minds at the last minute.”