WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan push to expand background checks for gun buyers has failed in the U.S. Senate.
The proposal from Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin failed to gain the 60 votes necessary to move forward.
The vote was 54-46.
The proposal was spurred by the Sandy Hook School school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Family members of the victims were on hand for the vote.
One of them also spoke a short time ago as did the president.
"We will return home now disappointed but not defeated. We return home with a determination that change will happen, maybe not today but it will happen soon," said Daniel Bardon.
"There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. It came down to politics. The worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections," said President Obama.
Shooting victim and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was also on hand as were other gun violence victims.
Meantime Wednesday's vote is a win for the National Rifle Association.
The group painted the proposal as an ineffective infringement of gun rights.
There are several other varying gun-related amendments that are scheduled to go before the Senate.
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