This morning, Republican Senator Pat Toomey (PA) and Democrat Joe Manchin (WV) are expected to announce their support for expanded background checks - including the closing of the so-called "gun show loophole." This could pave the way for other Republicans to support gun control legislation, end the filibuster, and lead to a vote in the Senate. Rachel Smolkin, deputy managing editor for POLITICO, discusses the news and helps play highlights from their press conference. Plus: Excerpts from President Obama's remarks on his budget proposal.
Toomey/Manchin proposal would require background checks for gun shows + internet, but person-to-person sales not covered.— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) April 10, 2013
NRA on Toomey/Manchin: "The sad truth is that no background check would have prevented the tragedies in Newtown, Aurora or Tucson."— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) April 10, 2013
On Medicare changes, Obama says "I don’t believe all these ideas are optimal, but I’m willing to accept them as part of a compromise."— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) April 10, 2013