s 7756 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD-SBNATE May 21, 197tj
GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I
have been contacted by the press and
have noted several stories to the el'lect
that ''M.&.NSJ'DLD Blocks Gun Control
Bill for 1976." The source of this story Is
gtven aa an "aide" who attended a meetina
of the Joint House-Senate Demo-crnllc
lentlrrshtp last Wednesday mornIng.
The story goes on to say that-
Senate M11.)or1ty Le!\d~r ~IlK~ ~IA~IIS, ha.s l'Ottncd
Howse leaders tbat he will not schedule
action on gun control tegl~h•tlon In tbe s~nllte
thla ye11.r. a decl~lon that llpparently
dooms the mc10sure.
May I say this Is untrue No such statement
was made. The quesuon wns rni•rd
and my reply was. first. that there 9ias
no such legislation on the Senate calendar,
that It was highly doubtful If any
gun control legislation would be reported
out of the Judiciary Committee. and thnt
even It It were, It would have to be
considered by the Democratic Polley
Committee before any action could be
taken on the floor.
As far as the allegation that I told the
Hou•e leadership that I "t~·ould refuse to
bring up the legislation In the Senate.
Irrespective of any action bv the House."
that statement Is totally false. What the
House docs Is Its business: what the Senate
docs Is the Senate's business: and we
have detailed procedures by mearL~ or
which nny bill reported out by any committee
Is given the same consideration
by the Polley Committee as any other
I nm nlso supposed to ha,•e said thatThe
mf'tu~ure Is too contro•·er-;1:•1 to tnrkll"
this lnte 111 an election year.
I do not recall making any statemen~
of that kind. A8 far as a measure of
this kind being controversial, It would
be controversial at any time. In any
year. and under any circumstances.
TI1e article goes on to say that-
A" leMI~r of the majority party In the
Senat~ MANsrrno, , • , controls the legl~ll\•
tlve Cftlendar In tbe chamber. Thus. he ap·
pnrently would be able to btc•ck consld<'U·
tiOI\ of the gun control measure
TI1at is Inaccurate.
I assure the Senate and the press and
the people that, If any blll of any nature,
Including gun control legislation, Is reported
out by any committee. It will receive
the same consideration as any other
pl'oposal and that, as far as I am concerned,
It will not be blocked. May I say,
Incidentally, that I have never personally
blocked any legislation In my 16
years as maJority leader, and I do not
Intend to start. n :>\.,,
Mr. Preslclrllt, I . yield back the remainder
of ml t 'nia.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 50, Folder 98, Mansfield Libary, University of Montana
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