MSCNBC reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell reported on Tuesday during MTP Daily in a discussion with Kasie Hunt about the senator’s stand against the new bill. The report follows the heated debate of gun rights after mass shootings in the past week in Atlanta, Georgia, and Boulder, Colorado.
and H.R. 1446
passed the House on Mar. 11. The bills have not yet appeared before the Senate.
“Senator Manchin just told reporters in the past 30 minutes that he doesn’t support the House bills,” Caldwell added. “Democratic leader Schumer has said he plans, regardless of where Republicans stand, regardless of where Senator Manchin stands…. It’s an exercise in getting people on the record.”
Manchin has supported past efforts
with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) to pass background check legislation. However, Manchin has refused to support the additional restrictions put forth in the House’s most recent bills.
The bills must receive at least 60 votes in the Senate to pass. In the current 50-50 Senate deadlock, the legislation would require at least 10 Republican votes to pass, 11 excluding Manchin.
Without a change in the current Senate filibuster requirements, the gun control measures are highly unlikely to pass.
President Joe Biden has also challenged Congress to pass additional legislation to ban high-capacity magazines and certain assault rifles. Some Democrats are now pushing for a presidential executive order on gun control to bypass the challenges faced in the Senate.