Gun rights supporter John Shagena of Reynoldsville, Pa., speaks to tourists about his opposition to gun control legislation in front of the Senate steps of the Capitol on Monday. The Senate began debate on gun control legislation this week.
Calabrese declined to say whether his office has been in touch with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and other leading privacy advocates in the Senate over details of the gun legislation that have been flagged by the ACLU. A spokesman for Wyden did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But gun rights groups, such as the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, are strongly encouraged by the ACLUís position, arguing that it validates their long-standing concerns about the gun legislation.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.