WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement today after voting in favor of a bipartisan compromise that would have helped keep people suspected of terrorist activity from buying guns. The compromise - led by Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - won a majority of support, with 52 Senators voting in support of it. Despite winning a majority of the vote, however, the compromise did not actually pass the Senate because of a procedural maneuver by the Republican Majority Leader.
“Senators Collins and Heitkamp put forward a thoughtful compromise to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists today - Democrats didn't get everything we wanted and Republicans didn't get everything they wanted - but I supported it because at least it would have done something. Instead, we have to go home once again and look the people we work for in the eye and tell them Senators didn't have enough political courage to stand up to the gun lobby and do something to make them safer from gun violence,” Brown said.
Senate Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a procedural maneuver to hold a vote on whether to ‘table’ the amendment, meaning set it aside, rather than a vote on the amendment itself.