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Democrats mix disappointment and anger after Senate blocks gun bill

WASHINGTON — “It just doesn’t make sense to me,” Sen. Al Franken says after a bill to expand background checks is defeated.

President Barack Obama speaking next to Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden of the White House following Wednesday's vote in the U.S. Senate.
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  • “While today’s vote on this bipartisan compromise is disappointing,” Klobuchar said in a statement, “I will continue to work with law enforcement to find a way forward to strengthen background checks, and build on the bipartisan support we’ve seen on other issues in the Senate.”
  •  “Today was a heartbreaker … probably my saddest day in my years of public life,” Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal said.
  • “This is a sad day, but this is a shameful day too,” his Connecticut colleague Sen. Chris Murphy said.
  • “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” President Obama said.