To be more accurate, the Senate voted against breaking a filibuster on the amendments — a majority voted to move forward, but it was unable to break the filibuster. Both New Mexico U.S. Senators voted to move forward.
There were other amendments that were voted on, including a ban on assault weapons, which both Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich voted against.
“The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey agreement would have expanded criminal background checks to reduce gun violence while upholding the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens,” Udall said in a statement. “Fifty-four United States senators voted in agreement with 90 percent of the American people that expanding background checks is a reasonable step to take. Unfortunately, however, you need more than 60 votes in the Senate in order to overcome the filibuster of virtually everything.”
Udall also voted for a concealed weapon reciprocity amendment.
Heinrich said the votes showed that filibuster reform was needed because of the widespread public support for the background check provisions. Public polls showed that up to 90 percent of Americans supported expanding background checks.
“Making improvements to our background check system and cracking down on illegal gun trafficking are common-sense ways to prevent violence without punishing law abiding gun owners,” Heinrich said in a statement. “We owe it to the American people to take real action to reduce gun violence in our communities.”
Udall is up for election in 2014, but no Republican has stepped up to run against him. Heinrich was elected in 2012.
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