It didn't seem possible but there is a deal on one piece of gun control legislation. A Democrat and Republican have announced a new background check proposal. Senators from opposing parties faced the media together to announce a bi-partisan compromise on gun control. (
the deal between Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Patrick Toomey would expand background checks to include sales made at gun shows and over the Internet. Those checks could help police track future gun crimes. The breakthrough comes nearly four months after the Newtown school shooting. Some victims family members are back on Capitol Hill for a second day to pressure lawmakers to act.
GOP lawmakers threatened to filibuster - but it no longer appears they enough votes to stop debate on the senate floor. The Obama Administration also pushed for a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Those proposals are expected to be offered as amendments, but are not expected to pass.