Dems scramble to change the subject after collapse of gun control bill

by Alexander Bolton, The Hill  |  published on April 22, 2013

Dems lose gun controlDemocrats in Congress have quickly changed the subject from gun control to immigration reform and are relieved to be moving past an issue that divided them to more solid political ground.

The political momentum from the resounding victories of Election Day stalled earlier in the week when Republicans punched out all three pillars of Obama’s gun-control agenda.

Democrats are counting on immigration reform to get their groove back.

“I think Democrats are kind of licking their wounds after losing on the gun debate and will probably be pushing real hard to win on immigration,” said David Di Martino, a Democratic strategist.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) grumbled that Democratic leaders are so eager to move on to immigration reform they barely gave Republicans a chance to read the bill.

“The majority is rushing us to read and analyze the bill. It’s just under 900 pages and it tackles some very important issues,” he said. “Most members and staff on this committee have not read the bill in its entirety before this hearing.”

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