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Obama credits Newtown families with helping to get Senate to move ahead on gun measure

Thursday - 4/11/2013, 3:20pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is highlighting the role played by the families of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting victims in pressing the Senate to move forward on gun control legislation.

Senators today rejected a conservative effort to stop the legislation in its tracks. Obama spoke by phone with the families a short time later, including many who had been in Washington lobbying senators. The White House says Obama congratulated them on an "important step forward."

Spokesman Jay Carney calls today's vote "very important," but says it's just the "first stage" in the effort to pass anti-gun violence legislation.

He says Obama told the families of the Connecticut school victims that he will, in his words, "keep fighting for the votes they deserve."

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222-a-08-(Jay Carney, White House press secretary, at news conference)-"without their efforts"-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says after the Senate voted to allow debate on gun control measures, President Obama telephoned some of the Newtown school shooting family members who've been lobbying for them. (11 Apr 2013)

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221-w-33-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with Jay Carney, White House press secretary)--President Obama is welcoming the Senate vote that's opened debate on new gun measures. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (11 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO DCSW102: White House press secretary Jay Carney listens to a question during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2013.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (11 Apr 2013)


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