Sen. Joe Manchin
One of the principal sponsors of defeated gun background check legislation says he isn’t giving up on getting a bill passed.
He famously fired a gun in a TV ad while boasting of an endorsement from the National Rifle Association, but U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin can no longer rely on the backing of that powerful lobby.
Clinton tells The Associated Press that passing the measure, in his words, “would save a lot of kids’ lives in a lot of places.”
The Senate set a long-awaited vote for Wednesday on a bipartisan plan for expanding background checks to more firearms buyers, with supporters facing a steeply uphill path to victory.
A bipartisan proposal to expand background checks to more gun buyers seemed in jeopardy Monday as a growing number of Republican senators expressed opposition to the proposal, perhaps enough to derail it.
The fate of a bipartisan Senate effort to subject more firearms buyers to background checks remains uncertain as seven Republicans amenable to a gun control debate are still likely to resist such an expansion.
Sen. Joe Manchin reveals that Newtown families told him that the gun background check measure that he co-sponsored with Sen. Pat Toomey would not have prevented the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
There’s a lot of political currency these days in being labeled a “problem-solver,” a title that has become highly sought-after following a polarizing election and protracted fight in Congress over raising taxes and curbing spending.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he’s unsure whether he’ll vote for President Barack Obama or likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.