Senate clears path for final passage of bipartisan gun bill

The bipartisan Senate gun bill Thursday cleared a major procedural vote 65-34, setting up a vote on final passage likely later Thursday or early Friday.
One at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was the major driver behind the bipartisan effort.
LIBERAL GUN GROUPS BACK BIPARTISAN SENATE BILL DESPITE MODEST PROVISIONSThe bill would provide funding for states to create programs that could keep weapons away from people who are dangers to themselves or others, often called red flag laws.
It also addresses close the so-called "boyfriend loophole," which is a gap in federal law that means spousal domestic abusers can have gun rights taken away but not unmarried ones.
The bill defines domestic abusers in a "dating relationship" as individuals who would then be subject to have gun rights taken away.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is one of the Republicans who supports the bill.
SCALISE TO WHIP HOUSE REPUBLICANS AGAINST SENATE GUN BILLHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her Democrat majority are likely to be able to advance the legislation through the House.
It's possible the chamber could stay in session until the Senate passes its gun bill in order to get it to President Biden's desk before July 4.
But House Republicans are likely to more uniformly oppose the bipartisan bill than those in the Senate.
House GOP Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., announced early Wednesday that he would formally whip his members against the bill.
BIPARTISAN SENATE GUN BILL GETS ICY RECEPTION FROM HOUSE REPUBLICANS"In an effort to slowly chip away at law-abiding citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights, this legislation takes the wrong approach in attempting to curb violent crimes," Scalise said in a whip notice Wednesday.