Transcript for Obama Turns Over Weekly Address to Newtown Mom
A decisive vote on background checks coming as early as tomorrow, people are scrambling. Jon karl covers it from the white house. Reporter: It was something the president mad never done before. I'm just a citizen. Reporter: He turned over his address to francine wheeler, whose son, ben, was killed at sandy hook. Please help us do something before our tragedy becomes yours. I'm a parent. I can do something. Reporter: That raw emotion helped bring about the odd couple pairing of pat toomey and moderate democrae manchin, of the nra. They're proposing a bill that would expand band ground checks, rooirg them for all guns bought online and at gun shows. It may not have the support to pass the senate. It will be a tough fight to get the 60 votes we knee. Reporter: The new measures wouldn't prevent mass shootings like newtown from happening. Nor m senator manchin say t families admit this wouldn't have help the children of newtown. Reporter: Congress is just not eager to enact new gun laws. A fact lam booned on urday night ve." This week, the senate voted 68-31 to begin debating the idea of discussing gun control. Let me say that again. They have agreed to think about talking about gun control. That bipartisan deal was supposed to break the log jam in the senate. Still a real uphill fight? Reporter: It's not there yet. The bill's advocates acknowledge they don't have the votes yet to get the bills passed. That's why the newtown families are returning to washington this week to lobby for the remaining votes they feed.
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