South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham announced earlier today that he will vote against the compromise amendment proposed last week by senators Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin, which would expand criminal background checks to all advertised gun sales. Graham announced his decision on Twitter, arguing that the bill is “well-intentioned” but does not constitute “a solution to illegal gun violence”:
I will oppose the Toomey-Manchin background check amendment. The proposal, while well-intentioned, is not a solution to illegal gun violence— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) April 15, 2013
The amendment will likely face an uphill battle, and Graham’s announcement is a blow to gun-control advocates who had hoped to win him over to their side with this compromise.
The White House said today that the president is deeply involved in the push to pass gun legislation. Though press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged that the Toomey-Manchin compromise does not represent the views of the administration, he applauded the “welcome and significant bipartisan progress.”