|| Vote: 66 Vote Date: Feb. 15, 2017 10:31 am |
||57|| 5 |
||43|| 43 |
Mental Health Background Checks
A yes vote was to adopt the nullification measure.
By a tally of 57 for and 43 against, the Senate on Feb. 15, 2017, joined the House (above) in voting to nullify a rule under which the Social Security Administration was required to notify the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) about persons receiving benefits due to serious mental issues, so that they could be prevented from buying firearms.
Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said: "Repealing this regulation will merely ensure that disabled citizens' Second Amendment rights are, in fact, protected."
Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said: "It should shock the conscience of the American people the Senate is considering weakening our federal background check system in response to this unabated epidemic of (gun) violence."
A yes vote was to adopt a nullification measure (HJ Res 40) that President Trump then signed into law.