Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have backed off of an assault weapons ban, but a video released Monday morning shows that the Nevada Democrat hopes to pressure Republicans into supporting a background check bill in the coming weeks.
The video, released on Senate Democrats’ YouTube channel, is titled, “Did Republicans Mean What They Said on Background Checks?”
It features televised interviews expressing varying degrees of support for background checks from prominent GOP senators, such as Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, Republican Conference Vice Chairman Roy Blunt of Missouri, Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Dean Heller of Nevada.
The video opens and closes with a quote from President Barack Obama calling on politicians to back up their words after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
“We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago,” the video quotes Obama saying, referencing the Newtown, Conn., shootings. “And make sure that what we said at that time wasn’t just a bunch of platitudes. That we meant it.”
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.