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White House: Planned GOP gun filibuster cowardly

by Dave Boyer, The Washington Times  |  published on April 9, 2013

Beginning a week of high pressure on gun control, the White House on Monday accused some Republican senators of cowardice for planning to filibuster gun legislation without allowing the full Senate to vote on President Obama’s initiatives.

“If they oppose this legislation, have the courage to say so on the floor and vote no,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “Don’t block it. Don’t hide behind a procedural action to prevent a vote. That’s the wrong thing to do, and that’s how the president clearly feels.”

He didn’t name names, but Mr. Carney said when Mr. Obama announced his gun-control proposals in his State of the Union address in February, members of both parties stood and applauded “when the cameras were on.”

“They ought to fulfill the message they sent by applauding by allowing a vote on every one of these issues,” Mr. Carney said. He urged GOP senators “not to take the less courageous route by using procedural measures to block a vote.”

Sens. Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican and Joe Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, are working on an agreement to allow expanded background checks on gun purchases. If that effort fails, the president’s gun legislation is likely headed toward a filibuster led by some conservative senators.

Over the weekend, Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, warned against the idea of a filibuster, which has been floated by Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida and others.

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