Shame on the Senate | A time for change
Today, the Senate failed to pass commonsense legislation on background checks for gun purchases. It was bipartisan and a good example of the kind of governance that can come with compromise. Unfortunately, some members of the Senate are out of touch with the American public or beholden to interest groups. In the wake of Aurora, Newtown, and countless tragedies involving firearms in the United States every day, now is the time for action.
Courtesy of Georgetown University student and former colleague of mine, Josh Zeitlin (blogging at The Ayes and Nays), here is the list of those senators who voted no today who are up for election in the coming years.
“Senators up in 2014 who voted No on Manchin-Toomey (12 Rs, 3 Ds): Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Max Baucus (D-MT), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Scott (R-SC), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY)”
Senators up in 2016 who voted No on Manchin-Toomey (start organizing, many are beatable, lots of swing states): Richard Shelby (R-AL), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Boozman (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dan Coats (R-IN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), David Vitter (R-LA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Richard Burr (R-NC), John Hoeven (R-ND), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Thune (R-SD), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI)”
Let’s hope that a good number of them either a) change their ways on guns or b) are out of office soon.