Background Check Amendment Fails in Senate – Midwestern Analysis

Background Check Amendment Fails in Senate – Midwestern Analysis

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Well, The Manchin-Toomey amendment failed to pass in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 54 – 46, just six votes shy of the 60 needed to overcome the promised Republican filibuster. The amendment might be dead, but this fight is far from over; gun control is certain to be a central issue in the coming 2014 midterm elections.

 

How Did the Midwestern Senators Vote?

Each of the twelve states of the Midwest holds two Senate seats, for a total of 24. Believe it or not, Democrats and Republicans each hold twelve. The vote on the Manchin-Toomey amendment was largely along party lines, and split evenly, 12 – 12.

 

How Did your Senator Vote?

Of the twelve Midwestern Republican Senators, only one voted yes – Mark Kirk of Illinois. If you live in Illinois, please contact Sen. Kirk and voice your approval.

http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=offices

Of the twelve Midwestern Democratic Senators, only one voted no –Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. If you live in North Dakota, please voice your disapproval. Let her know that you vote, and you are not pleased.

http://www.heitkamp.senate.gov/contact.cfm

 

Additional Observations

Two-thirds of the Midwest’s Nay votes were cast by senators who will be up for reelection in 2016 (8 out of 12).

Five of the Midwest’s twelve Yea votes were cast by senators who are up for reelection in 2014.

Six of the Midwest’s twelve Yea votes were cast by senators who will be up for reelection in 2018.

 

State by State Breakdown (12 Nays – 12 Yeas)

Illinois:            Dick Durbin (D)       Yea              Mark Kirk (R)                    Yea

Indiana:           Donnelly (D)            Yea              Dan Coats (R)                  Nay

Iowa:               Chuck Grassley (R)  Nay              Tom Harkin (D)                Yea

Kansas:             Pat Roberts (R)            Nay            Jerry Moran (R)                Nay

Michigan:         Carl Levin (D)              Yea            Debbie Stabenow (D)      Yea

Minnesota:       Amy Klobuchar (D)  Yea            Al Franken (D)                   Yea

Missouri:          Claire McCaskill (D)  Yea            Roy Blunt (R)                      Nay

Nebraska:         Deb Fischer (R)          Nay            Mike Johanns (R)              Nay

Ohio:                   Sherrod Brown (D)   Yea             Rob Portman (R)              Nay

South Dakota:  Tim Johnson (D)      Yea              John Thune (R)                 Nay

North Dakota:  Heidi Heitkamp (D) Nay             John Hoeven (R)              Nay

Wisconsin:       Tammy Baldwin (D) Yea              Ron Johnson (R)              Nay

 

The Nays

Two of the Nay votes in the Midwest are up for reelection in 2014.

Eight of the Nay votes in the Midwest are up for reelection in 2016.

Two of the Nay votes in the Midwest are up for reelection in 2018.

 

Daniel Coats (R-IN) – will be up for reelection in 2016.

http://www.coats.senate.gov/contact/

Chuck Grassley (R-IA) – will be up for reelection in 2016.

http://www.grassley.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm

Jerry Moran (R-KS) – will be up for reelection in 2016.

http://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-info

Pat Roberts (R-KS) – will be seeking reelection in 2014.

http://www.roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EmailPat

Roy Blunt (R-MO) – will be up for reelection in 2016.

http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-roy

Deb Fischer (R-NE) – will be up for reelection in 2018.

http://debfischer2012.com/contact/

Mike Johanns (R-NE) – will be retiring in 2014.

http://www.johanns.senate.gov/public/?p=EmailSenatorJohanns

Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) – will be up for reelection in 2018.

http://www.heitkamp.senate.gov/contact.cfm

John Hoeven (R-ND) – will be up for reelection in 2016.

http://www.hoeven.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-the-senator

Rob Portman (R-OH) – will be up for reelection in 2016.

https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form

John Thune (R-SD) – will be up for reelection in 2016.

http://www.thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Ron Johnson (R-WI) – will be up for reelection in 2016.

http://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

 

The Yeas

Five of the Yea votes in the Midwest are up for reelection in 2014.

One of the Yea votes in the Midwest is up for reelection in 2016.

Six of the Yea votes in the Midwest are up for reelection in 2018.

 

Dick Durbin (D-IL) – will be seeking reelection in 2014.

http://www.durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Mark Kirk (R-IL) – will be up for reelection in 2016.

http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=contact

Joe Donnelly (D-IN) – will be up for reelection in 2018.

http://www.donnelly.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Tom Harkin (D-IA) – will be retiring in 2014.

http://www.harkin.senate.gov/contact.cfm

 

Carl Levin (D-MI) – will be retiring in 2014.

http://www.levin.senate.gov/contact/

Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) – will be up for reelection in 2018.

http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=contact

Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) – will be up for reelection in 2018.

http://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/emailamy.cfm

Al Franken (D-MN) – will be seeking reelection in 2014.

http://www.franken.senate.gov/?p=email_al

Claire McCaskill (D-MO) – will be up for reelection in 2018.

http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=contact

http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=office_locations

Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – will be up for reelection in 2018.

http://www.brown.senate.gov/contact/

Tim Johnson (D-SD) – will be retiring in 2014.

http://www.johnson.senate.gov/public/?p=Contact

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) – will be up for reelection in 2018.

http://www.baldwin.senate.gov/contact.cfm

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