What sequester? Obama to fly Sandy Hook families to DC on AF1

What sequester? Obama to fly Sandy Hook families to DC on AF1

President Barack Obama is providing rides to 11 relatives of those killed in the shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School so they can attend his gun control speech Monday before heading to Washington on Air Force One to personally encourage senators to back gun legislation that faces tough opposition.

After Obama’s speech in Hartford, relatives of seven children and one staffer killed during December’s massacre at the school will travel back to Washington with him, according to the nonprofit organization that works with the families, Sandy Hook Promise.

The White House says Obama is going to argue in his speech that lawmakers have an obligation to the children killed and other victims of gun violence to allow an up-or-down vote in the Senate — which would require 50 votes to pass — rather than use procedural maneuvers to require 60 votes, potentially sinking the legislation.

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