GOP: Senate could vote this week on 'compromise' gun bill

GOP: Senate could vote this week on 'compromise' gun bill
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Republican senators said Monday a proposal being crafted by Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns Stephen King: 'It's time for Susan Collins to go' MORE (R-Maine) to block suspected terrorists from buying a gun could get a vote. 

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“We expect to get a vote this week" on forthcoming legislation being led by Collins, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeJeff Flake becoming Harvard fellow Democrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment MORE (R-Ariz.) said, after the Senate rejected four gun control proposals Monday evening, including two on the so-called terror loophole.

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynDemocrats give Trump trade chief high marks GOP senators divided over approach to election security GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks MORE (R-Texas), the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said separately that Collins's yet-to-be-released proposal could get a vote. 

"I think Sen. McConnell has said if Sen. Collins wants a vote on her amendment, she'll get it," he added, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellEXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns MORE (R-Ky.). "Sen. McConnell's position is if senators want to have votes on their amendments, they should be able to get it."

Collins is expected to roll out her legislation on Tuesday. Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for the Collins, said earlier Monday that the forthcoming bill would be a "bipartisan compromise."

Senators are currently using the commerce, justice and science appropriations bill as a vehicle for the gun control fight. 

Senators said Monday that negotiations were ongoing. Collins told reporters late last week that her proposal would block the sale of guns to individuals on the no-fly list and the so-called selectee list, which requires them to undergo additional screening at airports. 

It would allow individuals to appeal the decision if a gun sale is blocked and includes a five-year "look-back" provision that would alert the FBI if someone recently removed from either list buys a gun. 

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline Young activists press for change in 2020 election MORE (D-Calif.), who spearheaded the Democratic proposal that the Senate rejected on Monday evening, said Monday she believes the Collins’s measure is too narrow. 

"My view is that her alternative is not enough to close the loophole that creates the terror gap and allows terrorists to buy guns," she said earlier Monday. "Focusing so narrowly on these two smaller sets ... is not enough, and I'd like to tell you why. It would leave out a huge number of known or suspected terrorists." 

Democratic leadership, arguing they were keeping an open mind, said Collins will have to be able to convince approximately 20 GOP senators to support her proposal if she wants to get it through the Senate. 

"From what I understand there are some problems with the Collins proposal," Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE (D-N.Y.) told reporters on Monday evening. "But we're not saying let the perfect be the enemy of the good. We'd like to see what she proposes." 

Senators on Monday rejected a proposal from Feinstein that would have allowed the attorney general to block the sale of a gun if there was a "reasonable suspicion" that an individual has or will take part in a terrorist attack. 

They also rejected a measure from Cornyn that would empower the attorney general to delay suspected terrorists from obtaining a gun for up to 72 hours to give the Justice Department time to investigate the prospective buyers and secure a court order stopping the transfer.