Ambitious Republican Senator Jack Bowman, who has his ultimate eye on the White House, has pushed Tom into a corner in needing to back a poorly worded but what Tom considers a minor yet important gun control bill whose primary purpose is to expand background checks for anyone trying to purchase a firearm. Tom hopes that if the bill passes in the Senate, it will become a bipartisan issue in the House, where the legislators can craft a more succinct bill that can be passed into law. That poor wording may become a sticking point even for the Democratic minority in the Senate, but Tom and his team need to meet with Senate Minority Leader Diana Harris to see where they stand with the Democrats. Even if they are able to get the Senate Democrats on side - with or without conditions - Tom and his team will need the support of at least five Senate Republicans for the bill to pass, any hint of something being anti-Second Amendment in general which is a core fight among Republicans. Despite she ...
Did You Know?
Kal Penn's character mentions the Office of Public Engagement. Penn himself worked for this office under President Barack Obama., and was later appointed to the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities. See more
In the episode, the background check bill begins in the Senate and then proceeds to the House. However, according to the U.S. Constitution, all bills begin in the House and then are passed to the Senate if approved. See more
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