In a major defeat for supporters of tougher gun laws, the Senate has defeated a compromise proposal to expand background checks on firearms sales.
The bipartisan compromise was championed by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and backed by President Barack Obama in his push for a package of gun laws in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.
Votes on other amendments are upcoming. Follow them live on CNN.com
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