Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said the media had the full text of the latest gun control bill before the Senate had a chance to consider it.
Speaking to BlazeTV’s Glenn Beck, Lee said the bill’s rollout was the “Senate operating at its worst”, noting that it was preventing others from adding amendments. The U.S. Senate ultimately voted 64 to 34 in favor of the bill that sought to expand background checks for those who buy guns under the age of 21, as well as create financial incentives for states to impose their own red flag laws. Fourteen Republican senators voted with Democrats to pass the bill.
According to Lee, Republicans were essentially asked to blind vote on the bill without reading it. Lee told Beck:
There was a group of senators, ten Republicans and ten Democrats, who got together and wrote this behind closed doors. I hope they read it. But I don’t think anyone else had the chance to do it. In fact, yesterday afternoon, mid-afternoon, a number of news outlets reported that they had the text of the bill. The senators still have not done so.
We received the text of the bill, moments before we were to vote on it. He ended up getting an overwhelming vote, as virtually every Democrat and ten or 15 Republicans voted in favour. It’s breathtaking to me. This is not how the Senate is supposed to work.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) June 22, 2022