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Biden, Bloomberg Challenge Congress On Gun Control Votes

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Vice President Joe Biden continued the Obama Administration's campaign to enact new gun safety measures as Mayor Michael Bloomberg vows to grade every single member of Congress on their gun control votes.

President Barack Obama is increasing his administration's efforts to get Congress to proceed with a vote on gun safety legislation and the Senate seems to be getting closer to taking some type of action.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently said he is prepared to vote this week to overcome the threatened Republican filibuster.

More than a dozen Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have threatened to block legislation on background checks and gun trafficking from even getting to a vote.

"It appears that not only are some of the Senators not willing to stand and be counted, they're prepared to stop anybody from being able to be counted," Biden said. "I mean it's almost mind boggling. I served as senator for 36 years, and you got 13 senators, including the minority leader, saying I will filibuster proceeding on dealing with this national tragedy."

Democrats may have the required 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.

Meanwhile, Mayor Michael 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.

"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."

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