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April 11, 2013

White House hails Senate gun vote, Obama calls Newtown families

The White House hailed a Senate vote today to proceed with debate on gun control legislation and President Obama called the families of the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., to thank them for lobbying.

Obama spoke with family members and victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting after the Senate vote and "congratulated the families on this important step forward," press secretary Jay Carney said.

He said Obama noted that the "bipartisan progress would not have been possible without their efforts" and that "much work remains, and (he) pledged to continue fighting for the votes they deserve."


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