Senators want to announce first arms deal as soon as possible

Notably, the announcement includes the backing of 10 Republican senators, who would give the proposal enough support to overcome the Senate filibuster. The agreement is important given the divisions of lawmakers over the arms issue, but the actual legal text has not yet been written.

The proposal includes support for public procurement for crisis intervention, funding for school safety funds, an improved appraisal process for buyers under 21 and fines for buying straw.

The group on the release includes Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Democratic Senators at the release include Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly of Arizona, Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Chris Coons of Delaware, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. It also includes Senator Angus King of Maine, an independent who consults with Democrats.

A source with knowledge of the discussions said the negotiators hoped 10 Republican senators would sign the agreement before it was announced, showing they can pass the 60-vote filibuster threshold. The Senate is currently split equally between the Democratic and GOP conferences with 50 seats each.

The Senate’s four main negotiators — Murphy, Sinema, Cornyn and Tillis — spent the weekend working out the final details and have also held talks with a larger bipartisan group of negotiators.
The House voted 223-204 last week to pass a broad package of gun control legislation called the Protecting Our Kids Act. However, the measure is not expected to pass the Senate, amid widespread GOP opposition to tighter gun control.
Legislative changes in the House of Representatives came hours after an emotional hearing on gun violence in which families of victims called for more action.

Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland on Sunday praised Senate negotiators ahead of the announcement for their work on the legislation, but stopped expressing his support for the forthcoming package.

“Well, we would definitely vote on it and work on it,” he said of “State of the Union” when asked if he would vote for the bill, adding: “It’s moving in the right direction. We’re happy that the Senate finally woke up about it.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democrat from New York, later said on the same program that she would be willing to support the legislation “if we get a real baby step, not some kind of distraction, I think, from the solution.” She stressed that including a background check provision is critical.

“You know, I believe if we can get background checks, I hope — I hope it’s a yes” to the legislation, Ocasio-Cortez said.

This story has been updated with news of the announced deal.

Kristin Wilson of CNN contributed to this report.

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