Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Senate defeated an amendment, sponsored by Senators Manchin and Toomey, to expand background checks for nearly all firearms purchases:
"Today's vote in the Senate is disappointing to the American people and devastating to the families, friends, and loved ones of victims of gun violence across our country.
"A minority of Senators failed to summon the courage to do what's right on behalf of the safety and security of our children and families. Their shameful votes prevented commonsense steps to expand background checks and keep dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands. Their indefensible actions broke our promise to every community struck by gun violence.
"In the words of the Sandy Hook promise, "Our hearts are broken, our spirit is not.' With perseverance and determination, we hope the Senate brings strong legislation back up for consideration and acts to protect our schools, homes, and neighborhoods. That is the least we can do to honor the memory of the children of Newtown, the people of Tucson, and all of the Americans lost to the scourge of gun violence."