Here we go again.
At least two Republican senators who recently voted against a bipartisan proposal to expand the national gun background check system have approached Democrats in recent days about possibly restarting debate on the issue, according to two senior Senate aides familiar with the talks.
The aides, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the talks, refused to identify the two Republicans.
Senate aides and activists pushing for stricter gun laws say there are likely two forthcoming windows of opportunity for the Senate to return to gun legislation: Either in late May after the consideration of an Internet taxation bill and a measure reauthorizing water resource development projects, or later in the summer, once senators willing to change their votes on the issue have had enough time to reconsider their position.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) hinted over the weekend at a new round of talks in an interview with The Las Vegas Review-Journal. He said that Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W. Va.), the chief architect of the bipartisan background check proposal, had called him recently to say he believed there were now more votes in support of the plan.