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Harry Reid: ‘Anti-gun legislation before the Senate’; Updated

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By Doug Powers  •  April 16, 2013 08:24 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Possible alternate headline: Harry Reid oh-so-briefly forgets to lie:

In an apparent slip of the tongue, Harry Reid this morning referred to the gun-control bill he brought to the Senate floor as “anti-gun legislation.”

“On the anti-gun legislation before the Senate, we are making good progress on the effort to schedule a series of votes on amendments to the anti-gun-violence legislation before the Senate.”

Reid said “anti-gun legislation” the first time, and “anti-gun violence legislation” the second — so take your pick:

“Anti gun legislation” is far more accurate than “anti gun violence legislation” — just ask Sen. Joe Manchin. The co-sponsor of the Manchin-Toomey bill recently acknowledged that Newtown families have said his proposed legislation wouldn’t have prevented the Sandy Hook massacre. Joe Biden has agreed all along.

Wasn’t the original point of all this to come up with ways to prevent another Sandy Hook?

“If just one life political career can be saved…”

As for the Senate status of the “anti gun legislation” to which Reid referred:

Vice President Joe Biden told a former congressional aide Tuesday during a visit to the Capitol building that the Senate was just two votes short of reaching the 60-vote threshold needed to pass a gun reform bill through the chamber.
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“We are working to get to 60, and it’s fluid,” Biden said. “I think we’re there, but it’s not unusual as you all know for people to make up their minds at the last minute.”

According to a Democratic Senate aide, the chamber could hold a vote on amendments to the bill as soon as this week. After meeting with Senate Democrats in closed-door meetings Tuesday, House Majority Leader Harry Reid said there was “significant momentum” on getting the votes needed, but that they still did not have enough to pass.

The Senate is, for now anyway, scheduled to vote on the bill tomorrow at 4 p.m.:

Update: Here’s something you should be aware of about the Toomey-Manchin bill. These things are never as constitutionally innocuous as they want everybody to believe.

(h/t Instapundit)

**Written by Doug Powers

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