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 LeeTrump accepts Cruz endorsement after saying he wouldn't In reversal, Cruz endorses Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Utah), Rand PaulRand PaulSaudi skeptics gain strength in Congress Senators challenge status quo on Saudi arms sales Five tips from Trump's fallen rivals on how to debate him MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzTed CruzFive things to watch for at Trump-Clinton debate This week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Week ahead: Funding fight dominates Congress 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 ManchinDemocrat vows to go after opioid makers – including daughter's company Overnight Healthcare: McConnell unveils new Zika package | Manchin defends daughter on EpiPens | Bill includes M for opioid crisis Democrat defends daughter after tough EpiPen grilling 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 GrassleySenate rivals gear up for debates Grassley pulling away from Dem challenger Overnight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas 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.