Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised for more than a year a vote on two bills passed by the House of Representatives to expand background checks on gun sales – but he was reluctant to force a vote on this because he knows they will fail, even if he has set up failed votes on other issues, like abortion and voting rights, in the past.
The bills are likely to receive less than 50 votes – much less than 60 votes to pass a vote.
It is unclear when Schumer will attempt to force a procedural vote to disrupt a vote. Unless all 100 senators agree, the earliest he could set up a procedural vote would be Saturday, according to a Democratic aide.
However, the senators are expected to take their Memorial Day recess on Thursday afternoon. So they could wait until after the break to cast that vote, even though it would be a bad idea to leave town in the midst of the Texas tragedy.
The aide said Schumer has yet to say when he might attempt to make the vote.