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United States Sen. Joni Ernst was one of 14 Republican Senators to vote in support of advancing a piece of gun control legislation that was unanimously supported by Senate Democrats on Tuesday night.

The bill advanced 64-34. The vote to proceed on the bill came just more than one hour after its text was revealed.


Ernst said she would review the legislative text before deciding whether she would support the effort. However, she is a member of Mitch McConnell’s Republican leadership team.

Moderate Republicans such as Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney and Susan Collins also voted with Ernst.

Ernst first ran for the United States Senate in 2014. At that time, she agreed to term limit herself to 12 years.

“I think perhaps in some cases that is a problem of seniority where we have people who have served maybe too long and become part of that old boys’ club,” Ernst said in 2014. “So, two terms.”

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