Democrats Start Gun Control Filibuster In U.S. Senate
Now here is some spine we can all applaud!
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy has courageously and correctly launched a real old-fashined filibuster on the Senate floor in an effort to force Republicans and Democrats to come to an agreement on legislation to deny suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and requiring universal background checks.
The Senate is debating a spending bill that Democrats hope to offer gun amendments to, but Murphy said that the Senate should “not proceed with debate on amendments to this bill until we have figured out a way to come together on, at the very least, two simple ideas.”
“I’m going to remain on this floor until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together on these two measures, that we can get a path forward on addressing this epidemic in a meaningful, bipartisan way,” Murphy stated.
Murphy, a top gun-control advocate whose home state saw the massacre of 20 school children at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, launched the filibuster, and was immediately backed up by colleagues Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Cory Booker. More Senate Democrats are expected to join the talk-a-thon throughout the day and night. I trust Senator tammy Baldwin is ready to do her part.
Senate Democrats are refusing to give up the floor, which prevents any amendment votes on the spending bill currently being considered. The bill under consideration provides funding for the Justice Department and other related agencies.
Let me be clear on this matter. Democrats are correctly attempting to pressure Republicans on tougher gun-control laws after the Orlando mass shooting in which 49 people were killed and at least 50 were injured at a gay nightclub early Sunday morning.
From a procedural point of view Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not filed cloture on the bill, so senate Democrats can talk indefinitely. The political blowback by filing cloture from a nation that is stunned by gun violence is not the optics any smart member of the GOP will employ.
What we want at this point is rather simple to summarize. We want measures to ensure suspected terrorists can not purchase weapons. There were signs last night in some reporting that potential signs of compromise existed among some Republicans who also might want success.
I applaud and strongly endorse this filibuster and want to see a meaningful bill passed.