A growing chorus of conservatives made statements in opposition to the proposal they say is being rushed through. A draft of the 325-page legislation was distributed Sunday and Monday.
“The thing I was trying to get through was these criminal empires are far in excess of what Capone would’ve ever dreamed of.”
A stroke victim himself, the Illinois Republican seeks better care for low-income sufferers.
Kirk says Republicans’ stance on fiscally conservative values will help protect Illinois from fiscal insolvency. The party comes off major losses in 2012 as well as a recent gay marriage flap.
Bernard Cherkasov says Kirk is influential among moderate Republicans, but it’s his argument itself that’s compelling.
Asked how he came to the decision to support same-sex marriage, Kirk said the country is ready for it.
“I’m thrilled to see the ‘Stan Span’ so close to becoming a reality, and urge my colleagues in the U.S. House to quickly approve this tribute,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.
The bill, sponsored by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark S. Kirk threatens up to a 15-year prison sentence for those who illegally purchase a gun for someone.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Kirk described his return to the Senate as grueling but fulfilling.
The official name of the new bridge would be the “Stan Musial Memorial Bridge” if the bi-partisan effort is successful.