15-hour filibuster ends early Thursday morning in the U.S. Senate

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A nearly 15-hour filibuster ended early Thursday morning in the U.S. Senate.

Republican members agreed to allow several gun control votes to take place.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy from Connecticut began the filibuster just before noon Wednesday, holding the floor continuously for 14 hours, 50 minutes.

The filibuster started just three days after the Orlando, Fla., nightclub massacre that left 49 people dead and more than 50 wounded.

Senate Democrats ended their filibuster after Republican Party leaders agreed to allow votes on two proposed gun control measures.

Those measures — to ban people on terrorist watch lists from obtaining gun licenses and whether or not background checks should be expanded to gun shows and internet sales.

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey spoke several times during the filibuster, urging his colleagues to let a vote happen.

“We are not asking people to do anything very difficult, all you got to do is put your hand up and then put it down,” Casey said. 

Casey said that simply enforcing current law is not enough.

“This idea that there’s nothing we can do and all we need to do is enforce the law just doesn’t make sense anymore,” Casey said. 

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, also introduced legislation after the Orlando terrorist attack.

Toomey’s bill, which is called The Fighting Terrorism and Upholding Due Process Act, would allow people wrongly placed on a terror watch list, sufficient due process to clear their name.

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