Embattled Senate Democrat Kay Hagan is pushing a bill with Harry Reid’s help in an effort to trick red state voters into thinking Democrats are pro-gun. The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S. 2363) has been written with the intention of preserving federal lands for hunting, fishing and other activities, while proposing a series of modifications that could eventually increase the debt.
While the bill is being touted as a pro-2nd Amendment piece of legislation, Republican senators are being prevented from offering their input.
Sections of S. 2363 indicate that several regulatory reforms are being proposed, but as it stands, no amendments have been added. According to The Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture on the bill, meaning that no amendments will be allowed. This might scare off the 20 Republican co-sponsors of the bill, since they are unable to propose any changes.
This report follows the Senate’s Monday decision to advance the legislation in spite of the little support the bill might be getting from Democrats who wanted to spice the proposal by adding further gun control measures to S. 2363. Democrats from red states facing tough re-election battles this year, however, are desperate.
Reid’s decision to file for cloture on the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act also prevents Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) from offering amendments that would reportedly offer concealed carry reciprocity, among other things.