Another Filibuster In The Works? Paul, Cruz, Lee Vow to Block Gun Control Legislation
The Senate's three stalwart defenders of the Constitution, Senators Paul, Cruz and Lee, plan to hand deliver a letter to Harry Reid, Tuesday, reading in part, “We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that
will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.”
Reid plans to bring up a gun-control measure that focuses on
broadening background checks and cracking down on interstate
gun-trafficking after the current Senate recess.
Conservatives are concerned that once that bill reaches the floor, amendments could stiffen restrictions on gun control.
Moreover, they understand that Reid intends to allow liberal
amendments that would limit clip capacity and ban certain assault
weapons to be offered — even though they would be defeated — to give
Democrats a chance to vote on them. For moderate Democrats in
competitive states, that amounts to an opportunity to vote no and show
allegiance to gun rights.
While not saying it outright, the Senators seem to be implying that they will filibuster the initial motion to proceed.
At Big Government, Mike Flynn reports that the boys are playing political hardball with Harry Reid because the legislation is designed to provide maximum benefit to vulnerable Dem Senators in red states.
Sens. Paul, Cruz and Lee call out the lie on this legislative
sleight-of-hand. They have chosen to block any consideration of any gun
control legislation. If the GOP caucus follows them, the Senate will
never proceed to consideration of gun control legislation.
We'll soon find out who in the Republican caucus follows them. It would be helpful for them to remember that Paul's filibuster earlier this month catapulted him into GOP superstar status, and into American history forever. Those who don't have the stomach to fight, should, as Flynn suggests, "move to the sidelines."