Who played politics with gun control?

Did you know the reason the for the 60 vote requirement for the gun control bill was to avoid debate on the details of the bill?

But under Senate rules, a simple majority vote would have opened the measure to up to 30 hours of debate, which would have meant inspecting the details. The White House demanded, and Mr. Reid agreed, that Congress should try to pass the amendment without such a debate.

It makes you wonder what was hidden in the bill. The 60 vote requirement also seems to be related to the fact that the Left didn’t want to allow too much influence by the GOP on the contents of the bill.

Majority rules would have also opened the bill to pro-gun amendments that were likely to pass. That would have boxed Mr. Reid into the embarrassing spectacle of having to later scotch a final bill because it also contained provisions that the White House loathes. So Mr. Reid moved under “unanimous consent” to allow nine amendments, each with a 60-vote threshold.

Once again, in the view of the Left, only they should have the privilege of passing laws to address the things they think are important. Working together with their political opponents is not something they seem to think they need to do. But it’s the Republicans who are playing politics, not the President and the Democrat controlled Senate. You keep telling yourself that; see how it works for you.

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