U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ-09), co-chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, today released the following statement after the Senate defeated a bipartisan amendment to expand background checks for nearly all firearms purchases:
"I am outraged at the Senate's defeat of expanded federal background checks to gun sales over the internet and at gun shows. The fact is this is a bipartisan measure supported by nearly nine in ten Americans, and its failure speaks to the ineptitude of Congress. This is a slap in the face to the families of Newtown, Aurora, Tuscon, and the thousands upon thousands of other Americans who have needlessly lost a loved one to senseless gun violence.
"I salute the four Republicans that had the guts to vote with their conscience on this commonsense legislation. We will not give up the fight, and I pledge to continue to push my colleagues in the House of Representatives to enact sensible legislation aimed at reducing gun violence."