Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WATCH: McCain Senate Floor Speech On Doomed Background Check Amendment

Shortly before the Manchin-Toomey amendment on expanding background checks for gun transactions was put up for a vote, Arizona Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gave a 10-minute speech explaining why he would vote for the proposal.

It was voted down 54-46 - it needed 60 votes to move forward - as McCain was one of only three Republicans to vote in favor of it.  Arizona's other Senator, Jeff Flake (R-AZ) did not vote for it.

Since that vote, the Senate has also rejected amendments by Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley (multi-pronged proposal), Vermont Democrat Pat Leahy (focusing on firearms trafficking), and Texas Republican Jon Cornyn (allowing reciprocity on concealed carry permits).

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