Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. I rise to commend Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey for coming up with a rational approach that 92 percent of Americans all agree with in the need for universal background checks as they relate to our gun laws.
The bill was taken up today in the Senate, and the vote was 54-46. Every fifth grader in America is astounded that that bill was defeated. Only in the United States Senate, the other body, could that take place--that a vote of 54-46 would not pass.
So, disheartening as it is and in reeling from the events that have taken place in Boston on Patriots' Day, children all across America cannot be reassured by their parents tonight that they are safe, but the NRA will sleep well this evening. Mission accomplished.
But there is another Chamber and an opportunity for the House of Representatives to speak its will on the violence that has been perpetrated across this country: in the commonsense background checks that are needed here in this country.