WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) — Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) took to the Senate floor Tuesday pledging to block any further legislative priorities until the chamber moves on legislation aimed at reducing gun deaths in the United States.
“I’m prepared to stand on this floor and talk about the need for this body to come together on keeping terrorists away from getting guns…for, frankly, as long as I can, because I know that we can come together on this issue,” Murphy said on the Senate floor.
Murphy, who rose to prominence in the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut back in 2012, has been yielding for questions from various Senate colleagues on proposals to bar those on the terrorist watchlist from purchasing firearms.
“I can’t tell you how hard it is to look into the eyes of the families of those little boys and girls who were killed in Sandy Hook and tell them that almost four years later we’ve done nothing, nothing at all,” Murphy said.
Under Senate rules, Murphy is allowed to hold the floor and hold up any further business from moving forward as long as he continues to hold the floor.
Before Murphy took the floor, the next slated piece of business was an appropriations bill that Democrats had hoped to be able vote on.
While not technically a filibuster as of yet, if Murphy’s promise holds true and continues to hold the floor until a deal on gun legislation is reached, he would block any legislation Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tries to bring to the floor.
The move comes three days after the worst mass shooting in modern United States history that left 49 dead at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida at the hands of a shooter armed with an assault weapon.
Murphy says he hopes a deal can be reached to strengthen background checks and block suspected terrorists from being able to purchase firearms.
Behind the scenes, Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are trying to bridge a deal among a very divided Congress to bar gun sales to those on the terrorist watch list, but are at odds over how it may affect those falsely placed on that list.