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Grassley's proposal fails along with higher profile gun amendments

BY BRENT GRIFFITHS | APRIL 18, 2013 5:00 AM

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The alternative amendment to the Senate’s gun legislation proposed by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, failed to pass Wednesday. Another higher profile agreement on expanding background checks also failed to pass Wednesday night.

A proposal for universal background checks — including at gun shows — backed by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., failed to get the necessary 60 votes to break a filibuster by a 54-46 margin.

Grassley introduced the proposal along with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, which would have reauthorized and improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System among other aspects. Their proposal failed 52-48.


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