It’s not just the Senate Democrats who voted to bring the “bipartisan” Toomey-Manchin gun control compromise to the floor for a vote. After all, Pat Toomey is a Republican. And the motion to pass cloture would have failed if it weren’t for 16 Republicans who decided that the bill should be moved forward for a vote. Sure, they might cast their symbolic “no” vote once it’s actually voted on, but they could have prevented the bill from being voted on in the first place.
And not only that, no one’s read the bill. Not even Dianne Feinstein. That was one of the main reasons that Senators Paul, Lee and Cruz were going to filibuster the bill. Here’s part of a statement released by those 3 senators:
“This morning the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to the firearms bill (S.649). It is expected that the Toomey-Manchin provision announced yesterday will replace the current language regarding background checks. Yet, as of this morning, not a single senator has been provided the legislative language of this provision. Because the background-check measure is the centerpiece of this legislation it is critical that we know what is in the bill before we vote on it. The American people expect more and deserve better. Unfortunately, the effort to push through legislation that no one had read highlights one of the primary reasons we announced our intention to force a 60-vote threshold. We believe the abuse of the process is how the rights of Americans are systematically eroded, and we will continue to do everything in our power to prevent it.”
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