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Senate Democrats hold key to passage of gun legislation
CNN ^ | January 16, 2013 | Dana Bash

Posted on 01/16/2013 5:52:53 PM PST by neverdem

Unlike most issues these days that divide along party lines, the immediate fate of President Obama's new gun proposals will depend not as much on Republicans as his fellow Democrats in the Senate.

Senate Democratic leadership sources tell CNN that passing any new legislation will be extremely difficult because more than a dozen vulnerable Democrats from conservative states will probably resist much of what the president is pushing.

These Democratic sources say the most likely legislation to pass will be strengthening background checks, since it is the least overt form of gun control and it also appeals to gun rights advocates' emphasis on keeping guns away from people with mental health and criminal problems.

Although Senate Democrats like Dianne Feinstein will still make a high-profile push to renew the assault weapons ban and limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, senior Democratic sources say it is hard to see those measures getting enough support to pass the Democratic-led Senate.

The focus is on the Senate because Senate Democratic leaders know that House Republicans will not act on anything until the Senate does.

Democratic leadership sources say they intend to spend next week -- the first week the Senate is in session -- canvassing red-state Democrats to see what, if anything, is doable. Democratic senators who advocate various gun control measures will be lobbying their colleagues as well.

At a certain point, Democratic leaders will decide the best course of action, if any...

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; democrats; donttreadonme; guncontrol; secondamendment
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1 posted on 01/16/2013 5:53:00 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

No matter what happens, the Dems will not be blamed for anything. Remember, Democrats are always given credit (for anything) and the Republicans are always blamed (for everything). Got it?


2 posted on 01/16/2013 5:58:54 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: neverdem

CNN is so funny.

I guess Reid told them to make his minions look important.


3 posted on 01/16/2013 6:01:57 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: neverdem
Senate Democratic leaders know that House Republicans will not act on anything until the Senate does

This assumes that the House Republicans will just roll over on gun control.

4 posted on 01/16/2013 6:05:22 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals will always get them.)
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To: neverdem
The fact that this is even a topic of discussion amongst politicians and the media annoys the crap out of me and a lot of other folks.

If they persist, there may be some fairly rapid annoyance manifestations.

5 posted on 01/16/2013 6:07:03 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: originalbuckeye

The Dims got a problem getting their Dim Senators from states like Montana to pass any anti-gun legislation.


6 posted on 01/16/2013 6:08:43 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Blood of Tyrants
This assumes that the House Republicans will just roll over on gun control.

Mine won't and a few of the democrats in this state face a pretty dicey situation in dealing with gun control.
7 posted on 01/16/2013 6:10:32 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Red Steel

Exactly. It was easy for Obama to take on this fight because he doesn’t face reelection but he’s leaving a lot of democrats twisting in the wind.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 6:13:45 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: neverdem

Democrats in the United States Senate up for election in 2014:
Alaska - Mark Begich
Arkansas - Mark Pryor
Colorado - Mark Udall
Delaware - Chris Coons
Hawaii (special) - Brian Schatz
Illinois - Richard Durbin
Iowa - Tom Harkin
Louisiana - Mary Landrieu
Massachusetts - John Kerry
Michigan - Carl Levin
Minnesota - Al Franken
Montana - Max Baucus
New Hampshire - Jeanne Shaheen
New Jersey - Frank Lautenberg
New Mexico - Tom Udall
North Carolina - Kay Hagan
Oregon - Jeff Merkley
Rhode Island - Jack Reed
South Dakota - Tim Johnson
Virginia - Mark Warner
West Virginia - Jay Rockefeller


9 posted on 01/16/2013 6:15:07 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: neverdem

Ummm...
I needs to get out of the house first.


10 posted on 01/16/2013 6:16:34 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Red Steel

Reid doesn’t even want them to.
The whole purpose of what happens in the Senate will be to give Dem Senators a chance to vote against new disarmament laws.
...So they can look conservative to the voters.

Kabuki theater, a total farce.


11 posted on 01/16/2013 6:17:22 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: neverdem
Senate Democratic leaders know that House Republicans will not act on anything until the Senate does.

Sure, that makes sense. Why should the House bust their ass and pass a bill to the Senate if the Senate's just gonna sit on it?

Let the Senate get off their ass first.

12 posted on 01/16/2013 6:19:35 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Lots of major hunting states there (I know the 2nd isn’t about hunting but it matters)

Right off the top we can count Kerry as a full nazi vote, followed by Durbin, Franken most definitely, probably Brian Schatz, Jeanne Shaheen, Lautenberg, Reed, and probably the rest of the northeastern dems.


13 posted on 01/16/2013 6:21:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: neverdem

“Senate Democrats hold key to passage of gun legislation.”

And free men hold the key to it’s repeal if passed.


14 posted on 01/16/2013 6:21:28 PM PST by chulaivn66 (Semper Fidelis in Extremis)
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To: neverdem

Funny, the FR ad above that I see is Reagan a Republican famous for supporting gun bans.


15 posted on 01/16/2013 6:22:05 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: neverdem
I don't care what they do.

The 2nd Amendment STANDS.

16 posted on 01/16/2013 6:24:19 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Bump THAT list! Thank you!!


17 posted on 01/16/2013 6:30:20 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Ooooh, Kay Hagan! I need to sit down and write a letter...


18 posted on 01/16/2013 6:37:11 PM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: neverdem

No matter how many times they repeat the talking points that somehow disarming the American public is “REASONABLE”, we have to counter that it really ISN’T.


19 posted on 01/16/2013 6:40:00 PM PST by Wildbill22 (They have us surrounded again, the poor bastards- Gen Creighton Williams Abrams)
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To: Wildbill22

Nothing Obama said today has anything to do with stopping school shootings.


20 posted on 01/16/2013 6:48:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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