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“I have said time and time again I want people to have the ability to vote on assault weapons, mental health, safety in schools, federal trafficking, clips — everything,” Reid told reporters this afternoon. “But I cannot do that until I get a bill on the floor.”
Reid explained that he’ll need to find a bill to bring to the Senate floor that has at least 60 votes of support — enough to bypass a Republican filibuster and start debate. Once debate has started on that bill, the Senate can vote on amendments, such as the assault weapons ban authored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Feinstein’s legislation passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, but Reid explained today that it wouldn’t clear the filibuster hurdle.
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