NORRISTOWN — In the wake of the failed Senate effort to expand background checks for gun purchases — and the subsequent boost in his poll numbers for supporting the measure — Republican Sen. Pat Toomey nevertheless said Tuesday he does not think another attempt will succeed in the Senate.
Speaking to a roundtable of Digital First Media editors in the offices of The Times Herald newspaper, the controversial April 17 gun control vote was front and center in the discussion.
“The bill is available right now and Sen. (Majority leader Harry) Reid could bring it up for a vote at any time, but we need five people to change their minds,” Toomey said of the last vote, which fell five votes short of the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.
“It’s a pretty heavy lift to get five senators to change their mind on a big issue like this,” Toomey said. “It’s not likely to happen any time soon. I hope people will reconsider over time.”
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