WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate put off until fall completing a $491 billion defense bill in order to act this week on the National Rifle Association's top priority: shielding gun manufacturers and dealers from liability suits stemming from gun crimes.
On a 66-32 test vote Tuesday, the Senate indicated there's plenty of support for Republican leaders' determination to pass the gun bill before lawmakers leave at the end of this week for a monthlong vacation.
"The only reason it is coming to the floor, in a time of war to interrupt the debate on the Defense Authorization bill is that members are feeling pressure form the gun lobby," said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.
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Okay, I'm all for the 2nd Amendment, but it's time to rein in the NRA. It's time to rein in a lot of the lobbying efforts on both sides. Do you realize how fucked up this is? The U.S. Senate put off debate on financing our military under pressure from lobbyists. This is fucking Bizarro World. Hat tip: Pissed Off Patricia at Blondie's.
Via 12th Harmonic and Crooks and Liars, a video of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Big Brass Balls) giving Sen Bill Frist (R-Bleeding Asshole) a slapdown.