Top Senate Dem sets showdown gun vote on Thursday
by Alan Fram, Associated Press
April 09, 2013 03:42 PM | 322 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Neil Heslin, center, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was killed in the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., arrives with other victims' families to meet privately on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. Heslin gave moving testimony during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in February on the proposed assault weapons ban. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Neil Heslin, center, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was killed in the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., arrives with other victims' families to meet privately on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. Heslin gave moving testimony during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in February on the proposed assault weapons ban. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat says there will be a showdown vote on Thursday on his party's effort to enact new gun restrictions.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he does not know if Democrats will get the 60 votes needed to break an effort by conservatives to block debate on the legislation.

At least five Republicans have indicated an openness to support the Democratic effort to at least begin debate. That would give Democrats the votes they would need — assuming no moderate Democrats defect, which is possible.

A Senate vote to begin debating the legislation would be a temporary victory for President Barack Obama's gun-control drive. It remains unclear, though, whether there are enough votes for final approval of the legislation.



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