The Senate showdown on new gun-control legislation is officially set for Wednesday afternoon.
Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that the Senate would hold a series of nine votes, beginning roughly at 4 p.m., on various gun measures, including a bipartisan plan to expand gun background checks.
That measure, known as the Manchin-Toomey amendment for its bipartisan sponsors, Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., on Tuesday night remained short of the support needed to clear the 60-vote hurdle to beat a GOP-led filibuster.
Still, it was heading to the floor for a vote, along with Democratic-led efforts for a ban on assault-style weapons, new limits on ammo magazines, and gun-trafficking provisions. Senators will also be faced with some GOP-authored gun plans, including one that would expand gun-owner rights for those with concealed-carry permits.
The votes come months after the horrific shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and appearances on Capitol Hill this week by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the face in a gun attack in 2011.