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'Assault weapons' ban lacks Dem votes to pass Senate

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 01/25/2013 @ 8:12 pm In Politics,U.S. | No Comments

(Bloomberg) A proposed ban on sales of assault weapons would be defeated in the U.S. Senate today unless some members changed their current views, based on a Bloomberg review of recent lawmaker statements and interviews.

At least six of the 55 senators who caucus with Democrats have recently expressed skepticism or outright opposition to a ban, the review found. That means Democrats wouldn’t have a simple 51-vote majority to pass the measure, let alone the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster to bring it to a floor vote.

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