Senate schedules Monday votes on gun control
© Getty Images

Senators will vote Monday on gun control proposals after Democrats waged a near 15-hour filibuster to force a debate on the issue.  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Senate to take up Trump's border-immigration plan next week Trump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday teed up votes on four gun control proposals — two from Democrats and two from Republicans — that are being offered as amendments to the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill. 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
But the proposals will need 60 votes to overcome Monday's procedural hurdles, raising questions about which — if any — can get enough support to pass. Votes are expected to start Monday. If any of the measures can gain enough support, that could drag out the Senate's debate. 
 
Democrats are supporting a proposal from Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress Feinstein grappling with vote on AG nominee Barr MORE (D-Calif.) that would allow the attorney general to block the sale of a gun if there is a "reasonable suspicion" that someone has been or will be involved in a terrorist attack. 
 
Though Democrats argue they have momentum coming off a near 15-hour filibuster on the Senate floor, Republicans are sending no signals they have rethought their opposition to the measure.
 
They argue it is too broad and would negatively impact Americans not tied to terrorism. 
 
 
Similar to a measure that failed in the Senate last year, the Cornyn proposal would allow the attorney general to delay suspected terrorists from getting a gun for up to 72 hours while seeking a court order to stop the sale.

But it would also let the attorney general delay the sale of a gun to anyone who has been the subject of a terror investigation within the past five years.

Cornyn told repoters earlier Thursday that he was optimistic he would be able to pick up more Democratic support next week, because he isn't including a provision that would have cracked down on cities that don't support federal immigration laws.

The Senate will also take votes on competing background check proposals.

A measure from GOP Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyDem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees IRS shutdown plan fails to quell worries MORE (Iowa) would reauthorize and provide funding for the National Instant Background Check System (NICS), provide incentives to share mental health records and and bolster federal record sharing.

Grassley and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (R-Texas) previously introduced a background check bill in 2013 during the Senate's debate on the Manchin-Toomey proposal, but their measure failed by a 52-48 vote.

The Senate will also take a procedural vote on a proposal from Democratic Sens. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDems demand answers following explosive new Cohen report Dem senators debate whether to retweet Cardi B video criticizing Trump over shutdown Cardi B expresses solidarity with federal workers not getting paid MORE (Conn.), Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Trump blasts Pelosi for wanting to leave country during shutdown The Senate should host the State of the Union MORE (N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Cory Booker (N.J.) to expand background checks.

Their proposal would require — with a handful of narrow exceptions — a background check for the sale and transfer of any gun.

It would also impose penalties for states that don't make data for NICS electronically available and would require federal agencies to certify that they have handed over all records on any individual that would be prohibited from buying a gun.

Because of how McConnell filed cloture on the four proposals the senators will vote on the background check proposals, before moving to the fight over suspected terrorists being able to buy a gun.

—Updated at 5:56 p.m.