After the Senate cloture vote cleared the 60-vote threshold to start debate on the gun control bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid D-Nev., thanked the 16 Republicans who joined Democrats for the vote.

“There have been many things written in the last several months about how the Senate cannot operate and I so appreciate the members on the other side of the aisle, especially John McCain, on a Sunday show, said ‘I don’t think there should be a filibuster on this.’ ”

Reid added the McCain had been a leader in the Senate for 30 years and that “people respect his opinion.”