Reid files cloture motion to advance gun violence bill

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The Senate gun reform bill would expand background checks on gun purchases, create new penalties on straw purchases and include new funding for school security. The bill doesn’t include an assault weapons ban or limits on magazine clip capacity — although Reid promised to allow a vote on those provisions as an amendment.

Some GOP senators, lead by Sens. Mike LeeMike LeeObama signs opioid bill Thiel said to explain support for Trump in convention speech Convention erupts at Cruz snub MORE (R-Utah), Rand PaulRand PaulWhat to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzTed CruzGrassroots battling establishment on trade at conventions Fixing the disastrous nomination process Attacking Trump for the few sensible things he says is bad strategy MORE (R-Texas), have threatened to filibuster any gun-control reform legislation, but several other GOP members came forward Tuesday to say they would not support their colleagues efforts to filibuster debate on the gun-control legislation.

Republicans have expressed concern that extending background checks could create a federal registry of gun owners and make it harder for family members to transfer firearms. Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinChristian voters left wanting in Trump vs Clinton New Guccifer 2.0 dump highlights ‘wobbly Dems’ on Iran deal Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension MORE (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are working on a compromise to the background check provision. Reid has said he is hopeful that a bipartisan agreement is reached, but added that he’s move forward on the legislation either way.

Sen. Charles GrassleyChuck GrassleyDems urge Obama to release info on Russian links to DNC hack Top senators want details on probe of DNC breach Top Dem Senate hopefuls to skip convention MORE (R-Iowa) has also said he'd introduce his own gun violence bill as an alternative to the Democratic proposal because he’s said there are too many unanswered question on enforcement in the Democrats’ bill.

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