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Bloomberg Vows To Grade Lawmakers On Gun Control, Reid Says Senate Will Vote This Week

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed Tuesday to grade every single member of Congress on their gun control votes and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he is planning to hold a vote on national gun safety measures this Thursday.

Bloomberg has continued to take on the National Rifle Association by taking a page out of its own playbook. Bloomberg's group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said it will grade lawmakers for their votes on gun control legislation.

The new "A" through "F" grading system is similar to the one used by the National Rifle Association to identify pro and anti-gun legislators.

"I hope it will make them understand that the NRA is not the only one that's scoring them and that other people are looking at what they do," Bloomberg said. "After all, they are voting for issues that are national."

The group is also running a new ad in Washington D.C. and 10 states.

Meanwhile, it appears Democrats may have the required 60 votes to prevent the GOP from filibustering major gun safety legislation before the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he is planning for a vote on Thursday that, if successful for Democrats, would essentially clear the way for debate and an eventual vote on legislation that would expand background checks and crack down on gun trafficking.

"If they don't invoke cloture, help me invoke cloture on this bill, we're going to vote on these things anyway," Reid said. "It'll take a little bit of time, but as I've said for months now, the American people deserve a vote."

Earlier this week, more than a dozen Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, vowed to block lawmakers from even voting on these measures.

It's still unclear if Democrats have enough votes to pass the legislation if it's eventually brought to a vote.

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