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By USA Today
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 7:18 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the Obama administration will continue fighting for a “rational gun policy” — more than six months after the Dec. 14 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and two months after a major reversal in Congress.

“The president and I — our team — have not given up,” Biden said in remarks at the White House.

Biden spoke hours after the White House released a report, saying it has “completed or made significant progress” on 21 of 23 executive actions that Obama outlined on Jan. 16 in a major gun-control initiative.

“We need Congress to act,” he said.

The Senate blocked a background check bill in April, mostly because of Republicans' votes. Obama administration officials and Senate Democrats are trying to revive the bill by pressuring senators who voted against it to reconsider.

Biden said the background-check bill had majority support in the Senate but ran afoul of filibuster rules that require “60 votes for everything.” He said some senators who voted to block a debate now wonder if that was “a prudent vote.”

Although not specifying anyone, Biden said some senators have had their approval ratings drop since their opposition to the gun vote in April.

Gun control opponents say the proposals are ineffective and undermine the Second Amendment rights to gun ownership.

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