The news media has picked up the story that Pelosi had to pull her bill.Â We might, from the articles, get an idea of what might happen in The House.Â First, from the New York Times:
Chris Cox, the executive director of the N.R.A.â€™s legislative unit, wouldnâ€™t confirm today that his organization threatened to monitor the vote in the House, or â€œscoreâ€ it, as one of the gauges it uses to grade lawmakersâ€™ adherence to the groupâ€™s agenda. â€œWhat I will say is that we would hold our right to take a position on a procedural motion that has a possibility of positively or adversely affecting the 2nd amendment,â€ Mr. Cox said. He termed â€œrestoring Second Amendment rightsâ€ to district residents a â€œcore issueâ€™â€™ for his organization.
House Democratic leaders have said the National Rifle Association is a major influence on some pro-gun Democrats on the Rules Committee, who may have agreed to attach the gun amendments to the bill.
â€œLeadership thought there was understanding with the NRA to keep the bill clean,â€ Mr. Connolly said. â€œObviously there was a misunderstanding.â€
In an afternoon conference call with city officials, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said he did not have enough votes to bring the bill to the floor without the possibility of amendments, according to sources with knowledge of the discussion.
“We weren’t confident the votes would be there,” said a senior House aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to discuss the matter.
Hoyer put the bill on hold Tuesday after learning that the National Rifle Association was urging its members to use a procedural maneuver to press for amendments that would repeal many of the city’s gun laws.
Based on Chris Cox’s statements in the three articles, the NRA is playing its cards close to its chest, and so is the House leadership.Â Pelosi and Hoyer pretty clearly don’t want to send Obama a bill with gun rights language in it — a bill Obama will likely have to sign.Â There will be a lot of back room dealing over this bill, as both sides try to influence lawmakers.
This would be a good time to contact your Representatives and make sure they know how you expect them to vote on restoring the Second Amendment to the District of Columbia.Â It’s a big help to NRA’s lobbyists if they are meeting with a representative who’s also gotten dozens of phone calls and e-mails about the issue, rather than heard nothing from constituents.