Prepare the popcorn, more join filibuster threat

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Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. is expected to bring the gun control legislation bill to the Senate floor this week, but he now faces a crowd planning to filibuster. Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. on Monday joined the effort initiated by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. to block the bill, bringing the total to 14, according to The Blaze.

“Sen. McConnell opposes the Reid bill,” McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said in a statement. “While nobody knows yet what Sen. Reid’s plan is for the gun bill, if he chooses to file cloture on the motion to proceed to the Reid bill, Sen. McConnell will oppose cloture on proceeding to that bill.”

The list of all senators joining in the filibuster was listed by The Blaze.

Joining Kentucky Sens. Paul and McConnell are Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., Mike Lee, R-Utah, James Inhofe, R-Okla., Richard Burr, R-N.C., Mike Enzi, R-Wy., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Jerry Moran, R-Kans., Pat Roberts, R-Kans., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Dan Coats, R-Ind., and Mike Crapo and James Risch of Idaho.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have said they will not be participating in the effort.

“I don’t understand it,” McCain said. “The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand.”

Paul recently told Fox News he was afraid of what would end up in the bill if it made it to the floor, in light of what Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., had already proposed.

The Blaze report here.


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