"I hope negotiations will continue over the upcoming break to reach a bipartisan compromise on background checks, and I am hopeful that they will succeed," Reid said. "If a compromise is reached, I am open to including it in the base bill. But I want to be clear: in order to be effective, any bill that passes the Senate must include background checks."
Reid's move serves to reassure pro-reform critics after the demise of the assault weapons ban created a gloomy mood for the cause of gun control. It also makes clear he intends to push hard to enact background checks, which have cleared committee, among other items.
As for the assault weapons ban, limits to high-capacity clips and mental health provisions, Reid said, "In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for all of these provisions to receive votes, and I will ensure that they do."