March 22, 2013

Assault Weapons Ban Faces Long Odds In The Senate

Last Thursday the Assault Weapons Ban on 2013 cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee by a party line vote. However, this week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid revealed that the legislation will not be part of the broader agenda to address gun violence. As reported by USA Today  the majority leader was skeptical about the bill's prospects, 
Sen. Feinstein D-CA
"Right now, her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes. That's not 60. I have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues." 
Senator Feinstein was reportedly disappointed, but she acknowledged the difficulty of attempting to pass the controversial legislation. Even if the ban were to pass the Senate the bill would in the Senator's words,
"...face the wonderful House of Representatives,"  
A sarcastic reference to the Republican controlled House of Representatives.