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-- for more on the tough battles that -- ahead on Capitol Hill let's bring in David -- he is the senior editor of the online paper roll call David thanks for being with us.
Good to be here -- sell the prospects for some kind of gun control legislation coming out of Washington this week what do you think.
Well I think we don't quite know yet there's been movement over the past couple months.
On background checks that seems to be the most promising area where you could have bipartisan support.
And what I really mean by that is enough Republicans in the house and senate but you'd actually be able to get a bill to the president.
Limiting the size of of magazines for semi automatic weapons.
And tougher gun control measures beyond that I don't think are going to happen.
The prospects were never good but you continue to hear about conservative Republicans at least in the senate that are open to background checks and I believe.
Members of the House of Representatives in the Republican majority might be -- -- background checks depending on how this thing is structured.
So -- partially depends on what the what the Democrats want what the Obama administration is willing to settle for.
And how you can structure this legally in legislatively in a way that doesn't turn off Republican.
Well and how much is the president willing to you know throw the authority of his office into this -- mean we saw his first term.
He wanted to obamacare he went to the map for any ultimately got how hard is he willing to work to get some kind of gun control -- -- Well I think he's willing to work pretty hard I think he has worked pretty hard the difference between this.
And obamacare is he controlled both chambers of congress during a fight -- -- a democratic majority in the house and the senate.
Here you have a Republican majority in the house that if it doesn't want to do something it just won't do it it's already shown that.
Republicans are very committed.
To the Second Amendment and in keeping the availability of guns for law abiding citizens this is how they put it but I just would point out.
Republicans are very committed to the principles of the Second Amendment which is why they're they're not and it's simply change their mind on things.
Even if there's -- it shows that the public is in favor of certain elements of increased gun control.
Regulation well and.
As we've said many times it it is Harry Reid who.
You know as as an -- a high rating from the National Rifle Association and and is blocking some of what the president wants to do in the senate or at least saying that it wouldn't pass what about immigration reform.
What are the prospects.
I think they're good I think it depends on it the president's commitment to allowing Republicans to take the time they need.
To feel good about the legislation I mean look first we have to see if they'll come out of the Senate's gang of -- there's also a separate bill being.
-- put together by the bipartisan house group with the house the house's own version of in the sense the gang of eight and there -- lawmakers in that group.
And -- you know then we're gonna -- Then let's see what happens with the hearings and the committee markups and I really think John I I know the proponents of immigration reform feel like the time is right to strike.
And they feel like they've never had of ever better opportunity to get this done and that includes.
Some form of legalized status for illegal immigrants currently living in the United States but I think if you're gonna get a skeptical Republican and conservative base.
To sign on to this you really do have to take it a little bit slow and deliberate doesn't mean the way it doesn't mean off his skate.
But you really should do this deliberately because.
At the first sign of a big surprise.
At the sense that this thing isn't -- what the proponents are selling it as you're gonna see a Republican -- -- they're gonna have for the exits.
He won't get anything done and in so far -- -- the president's done a pretty decent job of not pushing too hard.
I think is important for Democrats in the house and senate particularly the senate where they control things to not push too hard.
And and it goes to I think what we saw senator Schumer saying it and -- that clip a few seconds ago.
He wasn't pushing two parties that I think we're close but we need to iron out some details I think that kind of attitude.
Is what's required of Democrats if they're gonna get the Republican support they need to get this done.
And yet if they can get it done and -- both sides are are willing to except the credit and maybe some of the blame.
It could happen as you say David Drucker from roll call thanks.
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