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Wednesday's vote on the amendment to expand background checks for gun purchases was a devastating blow to commonsense gun reform.
Although 86% of Americans supported the amendment and 54 senators voted to pass it, the amendment failed because it was subject to the same 60-vote threshold ordinarily reserved for ending filibusters.
Enough is enough.
Please sign the petition to Senator Harry Reid, which says:
The abuse of the filibuster to undermine policies that the minority cannot defeat through normal legislative channels represents a subversion of core democratic principles and Senate traditions, and should not continue.
The defeat of the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks for gun sales at gun shows and over the Internet is just the latest example of the minority preventing action on legislation that has the strong support of the American public.
Senators intent on blocking popular policies such as expanded background checks should be forced to hold the floor and keep at least 40 of their colleagues on the floor with them. Instead, Senate rules and procedures made opposing Manchin-Toomey essentially costless and accountability-free.
We call on you, and all the members of the Senate, to reform the Senate rules to restore accountability and transparency to Senate debate.
–Fix The Senate Now
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