Despite the promise to pass gun regulations this month, that would be difficult anyway, but with immigration and the debt ceiling, it seems impossible. So why does the Obama administration keep making these promises? Add to this Obama's promise that the gun control bill will be comprehensive. Still, Obama has said that he is willing to spend all his capital on this and it is possible that bad gun control legislation could get through. Republicans have just a narrow majority in the House and Democrats have control of the Senate. It might not go as quickly as Biden promises, but there is still a risk it could get passed.
Boston’s mayor says that Vice President Biden “guaranteed” him that President Obama will pass new gun control laws by the end of January.
In an interview with the Boston Herald, Mayor Thomas Menino said that the Obama administration is going to “get it done.”
“(Biden) said, ‘Tommy, I guarantee you, we’ll get it done by the end of January,’” Menino told the Herald. “They’re going to get it done.”
Menino, who co-chairs Mayors Against Illegal guns with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, fiercely criticized National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s comments following the Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 children. . . .
Of course, Obama is also planning on moving forward with illegal immigration reforms this month.
An Obama administration official said the president plans to push for immigration reform this January. The official, who spoke about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that coming standoffs over deficit reduction are unlikely to drain momentum from other priorities. The White House plans to push forward quickly, not just on immigration reform but gun control laws as well.
The timeframe is likely to be cheered by Democrats and immigration reform advocates alike, who have privately expressed fears that Obama's second term will be drowned out in seemingly unending showdowns between parties. The just-completed fiscal cliff deal is giving way to a two-month deadline to resolve delayed sequestration cuts, an expiring continuing resolution to fund the government and a debt ceiling that will soon be hit. . . .
Labels: Immigration, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, ObamaGunControl