“Sen. Chuck Schumer is ending the bipartisan gun control talks with Sen. Tom Coburn without a deal, a major setback to President Barack Obama’s effort to pass universal background checks.
Schumer will instead file a place-holder background checks bill he proposed before the Coburn talks began that does not incorporate any of the input from the Oklahoma Republican and Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). There will be no co-sponsors when the legislation is introduced for the Senate Judiciary Committee markup on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Kirk, Manchin and Schumer will search for conservative Republicans to back the bill they negotiated with Coburn but with the record-keeping requirement the Oklahoman opposed. The three do not plan to introduce the bill until others have signed on. Manchin admitted Monday that it will be difficult for any Republican to join.