Asked whether the President is making phone calls to convince senators to vote in favor of expanding background checks for gun sales, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Wednesday, "Everybody in the White House is working on this issue, from the President on down."
The bill's prospects in the Senate appeared dim Wednesday afternoon after Sen. Kelly Ayotte announced she will oppose the measure. But Carney said there is still "an opportunity for 60 senators to do the right thing." The Senate is expected to vote at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday.