Senate votes 95-2 for bipartisan mental health amendment

“Mental health problems often begin at a young age — however, less than half of the children identified with mental health issues receive treatment,” Harkin said ahead of the vote. “This lack of treatment has consequences. ... The shame in this is that with access to the right treatment and supports, people can lead healthy and productive lives.”

Alexander said the amendment passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee unanimously.

GOP Sens. Mike LeeMike LeeObama signs opioid bill Thiel said to explain support for Trump in convention speech Convention erupts at Cruz snub MORE (Utah) and 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 (Ky.) opposed the amendment.

The Senate voted on nine amendments to the gun control bill, only two of which reached a 60-vote threshold. An amendment from Sen. John BarrassoJohn BarrassoGoonies, Pokemon and ‘transsexual shake’ speak to raucous scene at convention GOP passes rules vote over outcry from Trump opponents Overnight Healthcare: Feds defend ObamaCare's affordability MORE (R-Wyo.) that enhanced privacy protections for gun owners passed moments before Harkin and Alexander's amendment.

On Wednesday, the Senate turned away proposals expanding background checks, an assault weapons ban, banning high-capacity clips and preserving gun rights for veterans, among others.

The rejection of the bipartisan background check amendment from 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.) essentially killed the chances of passing the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, S.649, which would expand background checks on gun purchases, crack down on gun trafficking and beef up security in schools. Some GOP senators have said the bill goes too far and infringes on the rights of gun owners.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDem ad blasts Indiana senate candidate on Social Security Super-PAC targets Portman on trade Dem leader urges compromise on FCC set-top box plan MORE (D-Nev.) now has to decide if Democrats want to table the legislation or continue to work out party differences on the floor.

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