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Meet the 45 Senators Who Blocked Background Checks
—By Dana Liebelson Wed Apr. 17, 2013 5:25 PM PDT

President Obama said that “there was no coherent argument for why we wouldn’t do this. It came down to politics.”

An amendment proposed by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to require background checks for commercial gun sales (but not for sales between “friends and neighbors”) was shot down Wednesday afternoon in a 54-46 vote, failing to capture the 60 votes it needed to advance. The bill would have been a modest victory for gun control advocates, while ceding numerous concessions to the gun lobby (the NRA initially called it a “positive development.”) Nevertheless, only four Republicans voted for the proposal, with 41 voting against it. Five Democrats rejected the proposal as well (Reid was a special case; see below). Standing with families of Sandy Hook victims, President Obama said that “there was no coherent argument for why we wouldn’t do this. It came down to politics.”

More MoJo coverage of the Senate’s failed background check bill.

Here’s Why the NRA Won and Gabby Giffords and Mike Bloomberg Lost
“Shame On You!”: Senate Rejects Gun Background Check Compromise
Why Did These 4 Democrats Vote No on Gun Background Checks?
Have You Seen Mitch McConnell’s Facebook Page?
10 Reasons the Background Check Bill Means Victory for the NRA
Map: Most Americans Support Background Checks for All Gun Buyers

Also read our special report on gun laws and the rise of mass shootings.

Here’s a list so you can see how your Senator voted:

Republicans Who Voted for the Proposal
◾Susan Collins (R-ME)
◾Mark Kirk (R-IL)
◾John McCain (R-AZ)
◾Pat Toomey (R-PA)

Democrats Who Voted Against the Proposal
◾Max Baucus (D-MT)
◾Mark Begich (D-AK)
◾Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
◾Mark Pryor (D-AR)
◾Harry Reid (D-NV) (Voted “no” as a procedural move to preserve option to reintroduce the bill.)

republicans Who Voted Against the Proposal
◾Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
◾Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
◾John Barrasso (R-WY)
◾Roy Blunt (R-MO)
◾John Boozman (R-AR)
◾Richard Burr (R-NC)
◾Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
◾Dan Coats (R-IN)
◾Tom Coburn (R-OK)
◾Thad Cochran (R-MS)
◾Bob Corker (R-TN)
◾John Cornyn (R-TX)
◾Mike Crapo (R-ID)
◾Ted Cruz (R-TX)
◾Michael Enzi (R-WY)
◾Deb Fischer (R-NE)
◾Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
◾Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
◾Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
◾Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
◾Dean Heller (R-NV)
◾John Hoeven (R-ND)
◾Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
◾Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
◾Mike Johanns (R-NE)
◾Ron Johnson (R-WI)
◾Mike Lee (R-UT)
◾Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
◾Jerry Moran (R-KS)
◾Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
◾Rand Paul (R-KY)
◾Rob Portman (R-OH)
◾James Risch (R-ID)
◾Pat Roberts (R-KS)
◾Marco Rubio (R-FL)
◾Timothy Scott (R-SC)
◾Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
◾Richard Shelby (R-AL)
◾John Thune (R-SD)
◾David Vitter (R-LA)
◾Roger Wicker (R-MS)

democrats Who Voted for the Proposal
◾Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
◾Michael Bennet (D-CO)
◾Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
◾Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
◾Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
◾Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
◾Ben Cardin (D-MD)
◾Thomas Carper (D-DE)
◾Bob Casey (D-PA)
◾Christopher Coons (D-DE)
◾William “Mo” Cowan (D-MA)
◾Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
◾Richard Durbin (D-IL)
◾Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
◾Al Franken (D-MN)
◾Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
◾Kay Hagan (D-NC)
◾Tom Harkin (D-IA)
◾Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
◾Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
◾Tim Johnson (D-SD)
◾Timothy Kaine (D-VA)
◾Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
◾Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
◾Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
◾Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
◾Carl Levin (D-MI)
◾Joe Manchin (D-WV)
◾Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
◾Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
◾Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
◾Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
◾Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
◾Patty Murray (D-WA)
◾Bill Nelson (D-FL)
◾John Reed (D-RI)
◾Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
◾Brian Schatz (D-HI)
◾Charles Schumer (D-NY)
◾Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
◾Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
◾Jon Tester (D-MT)
◾Mark Udall (D-CO)
◾Tom Udall (D-NM)
◾Mark Warner (D-VA)
◾Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
◾Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
◾Ron Wyden (D-OR)

independents
◾Angus King (I-ME): Yea
◾Bernie Sanders (I-VT): Yea

Front page image: Jay Mallin/ZUMA Press
Dana Liebelson
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Dana Liebelson is a reporter in Mother Jones’ Washington bureau. Her work has also appeared in The Week, TIME’s Battleland, Truthout, OtherWords and Yahoo! News. RSS | Twitter

EDITORS NOTE:

The article above by written by Denna Liebelson appeared in Mother Jones.

I strongly suggest that every one check where their Senator’s name is and ask you to please call, write or email then to tell them thank you for voting yes or shame on you for voting no and explain why you think they shooed not have voted the way they did.

I believe that the no votes were primarily bough  directly by the NRA, either in the form of promised campaign backing or threats against withholding support.

I strongly support the idea that it is time for us the American people to start taking back control of our government. For way to long groups, backed by and financed by, outside interest such as the Koch brothers, American Legislative Exchange Committee (ALEC), Americans for Prosperity, and high-priced Washington Lobbyist, to name just a few, have been calling the shots behind the scene.  It is time that We The People let our voices be heard loud and clear. It’s time to remind our elected officials who voted them into office and who at the next election can vote them out of office.

As ex Congress Women Gabby Gifford, a victim herself of gun violence  said “If our Senators refuse to act to prevent gun violence I think that it is time to get new Senators” If everyone reading this post takes just a few minuets to call, write or email their Senator to express there view on enhanced background checks for parching guns and encouraged at least one more person to do the same I think that we might start to see a change. as always please let me know your Senators reply. Thanks.

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Making Michigan a Right To Work State


The post copied below was taken from a Republican blog dated 12 November 2012. I think that it is a very good example of what I have said before (see earlier post about proposal 2) that if proposal 2 did not pass what would happen.

In the past Governor Snyder has said that ” making Michigan a right to work state was not on his agenda.” Now that doesn’t mean that it is not on the Legislators agenda and he has refused to say if he will sign it into law is it comes across his desk from the State Legislators.

The Michigan House and Senate have 80 some bills right now ready to go to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law such as the Right to Work for Less bill, a bill to abolish the Michigan Health and Safety Act, and a bill making it illegal in the State of Michigan for workers to picket. just to name a few.

    In the next few articles that I post I will try to show why I think that making Michigan a Right To Work State would be a very grave mistake and would severely hurt Michigan Workers while making Michigan Corporations and the upper 1 to 2 % richer and the middle class and the poor even poorer than they all ready are.
     I should also note that the facts and figures listed below by Mr. Hogendyde come directly from the Mackinaw Center which is directly associated with and receives a large part of its financing from the American Legislative Exchange Committee (A.L.E.C.) which I will also try to explain more about in the following posts.

By J. Gillman
Jack Hoogendyk offers a timely opinion on a very important matter.

It is time for Michigan to become a right-to-work state. If ever the conditions were perfect for this to happen, they are right now. Consider:

•We have a Speaker of the House who has publicly expressed support for RTW.
•A solid majority of House members and, I believe, Senate members have expressed a willingness to vote for a RTW law, if it comes to a vote on the floor.
•We have a Governor who has pledged to sign a RTW bill if it gets to his desk.
•We have a veto-proof majority in the Senate.
•Three unabashedly pro-union ballot proposals were soundly defeated at the polls last week.
•Indiana became the 23rd RTW state this year.
•Wisconsin, the birthplace of public-sector unions has beaten back multi-million-dollar efforts by the union bosses to recall the governor and many legislators. In spite of their efforts, the governor remains and the Assembly and Senate have retained or won back Republican majorities.
•Polling data has shown that a solid majority of Michigan residents support RTW for Michigan.
•We are entering the “lame-duck” session, a time when anything can happen, and usually does.
•There is a wealth of data to give evidence that right-to-work states create more jobs, more wealth, fewer residents on welfare, higher per-capita disposable income, and much more. Find the data here and here.
With all this compelling data, and circumstances being as ideal as they have ever been, what is holding up the legislation that has already been written, from being introduced in the House and the Senate?

The answer lies with one person, the Majority Leader of the Senate, Randy Richardville. He has gone on record opposing RTW in Michigan. In spite of the fact that a majority in the House and the Senate, and the people of Michigan support RTW, and the governor has agreed to sign the bill, Mr. Richardville has flatly refused to support this bill.

It is time to encourage the Majority Leader to support RTW or to respectfully ask him to step out of the way and allow this bill to be heard and voted on. He can vote against it if he wishes, but I believe the Senate will pass it if given the opportunity, the House will follow suit, and the Governor will quickly sign it.

Please contact Randy Richardville here and respectfully ask him to give Right-to-work for Michigan an up or down vote. Let’s put job creation in the Great Lakes State on the fast track.

Regards,

Jack Hoogendyk

 

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