They still can’t figure out a way to do their job, even after 49 people were gunned down in Orlando in what is now the biggest mass shooting incident on America’s soil.
The Senate has rejected the first of four gun control measures it is set to consider on Monday, just over a week after 49 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The Senate voted 53-47 on a measure backed by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) that would reauthorize funding for the National Criminal Instant Background Check System (NICS) and provide incentives for states to give mental health records to the federal system.
Sixty votes were needed to advance the bill under the Senate’s procedural rules.
The Senate will now vote on a Democratic bill that would require a background check for most gun sales or transfers. It is also expected to fail.
Most Republicans backed the Grassley measure, while most Democrats opposed it.
Two more votes are also expected on legislation aimed at preventing suspected terrorists from being able to buy guns. Both of those measures will also require 60 votes to advance, and are both expected to fail.
All of the proposals are being offered as amendments to the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill.