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Bipartisan deal on background checks is close

3:14 AM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- Participants from both parties say a deal is imminent on expanding background checks to more gun buyers.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania are expected to announce an agreement Wednesday.

A deal could build support for the gun control effort, though its ultimate fate in Congress remains cloudy.

Manchin and New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer say a gun control agreement is close.

The Senate is ready for a pivotal vote Thursday on legislation curbing firearms.

Democrats' chances seem to be growing that they will overcome an effort by conservatives and the top Senate Republican to block the debate from starting.

The Associated Press

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