U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, joined a filibuster in a Senate floor battle over gun control Wednesday afternoon. The daylong filibuster was led by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat.
"I am prepared to stand on the Senate floor and talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can. I've had #Enough," Murphy said via Twitter @ChrisMurphyCT.
The filibuster began at about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday. Murphy was permitting questions from other senators but is not yielding the floor. The filibuster was expected to last all day and into the evening.
Senate Democrats are refusing to give up the floor, which prevents any amendment votes on the spending bill currently being considered by the chamber that provides funding for the Justice Department and other related agencies, according to Politico. The tactics by Democrats are likely to prevent some senators from attending an all-senators briefing on the Orlando attacks at 4 p.m., according to multiple news reports.
The junior senator from Connecticut had earlier Tweeted, "I'm speaking on the Senate floor to honor the victims of the Orlando attack & demand the Senate address gun violence. #Enough."
Murphy has spoken frequently on the Senate floor about gun violence since 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in the Sandy Hook School massacre in December 2012.
He has renewed his call for gun control since 49 people were killed and more than 50 injured at a gay nightclub over the weekend in Orlando, Fla., in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.
Murphy was quickly joined Wednesday by fellow Democrats — including fellow Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey — in an effort to pressure Republicans to accept legislation that would keep suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and require universal background checks, according to Politico.com.
The filibuster is over a Senate spending bill, which Democrats hope to offer gun amendments to, Politico.com said. Murphy said that the Senate should not proceed with debate on amendments to this bill "until we have figured out a way to come together on, at the very least, two simple ideas,” according to Politico.com.
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