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Background Checks Vote Fails In Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate has blocked a proposal to expand background checks on gun sales.

The plan failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass. The final tally was 54 to 46, with mostly Democrats and two Republicans voting for it. Both Oregon senators, both California senators, and both Washington senators voted “yes” on the background checks proposal

The proposal was part of a compromise struck by a Democratic and Republican Senator. It was backed by President Obama but faced fierce opposition from the National Rifle Association.

Congress is still considering other gun control legislation, including a proposed ban on military-style semi automatic firearms.