Budget, Syria and Gun Control dominate Face the Nation

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who unsuccessfully pushed for gun-control legislation requiring stricter background-checks after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary said Sunday on "Face the Nation" that he won't renew the debate in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting.

"You know, I'm not going to go out there and just beat the drum for the sake of beating the drum," he told host Bob Schieffer. "There has to be people willing to move off the position they've taken." Manchin's take on the state of gun control legislation made headlines in The Washington PostPOLITICO and The Washington Times.

Asked about what would happen if Congress fails to produce a budget deal, the West Virginia democrat called shutting down the government "an unacceptable option."

"There's no way we should be talking about shutting the government down," Manchin insisted. United Press International and West Virginia's Register-Herald have more on the conversation.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., agreed that the bill passed by the House last week that prevents a government shutdown but defunds Obamacare, wouldn't pass in the Senate.

"We don't have the ability," Coburn explained, "nor politically do we have the ability, to put a total stop and defund Obamacare. It'd be nice if we did. I'd be in the fight."

Coburn's assessment made headlines at POLITICOThe Wall Street JournalThe HillThe Washington PostThe Huffington Post and Newsmax.

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., appearing later in the program, defended House Republicans' efforts to defund Obamacare.

"We don't want to shut down the government," Salmon said. "I want to make it clear: We want to shut down Obamacare. The American people have made their voices clear."

You can read more about Salmon's comments and what they mean for the bill's fight ahead in POLITICO.

Also on "Face the Nation" Sunday, Bob Schieffer interviewed former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who predicted Syria will comply with parts of the deal the U.S. forged with Russia to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, but that the Assad regime will continue to pursue their own interests.

"Based on no inside knowledge, my guess would be that they will comply with 90 percent of what they are supposed to do, and that they may hold back a little" he told Bob Schieffer, "but the risk of holding anything back is very great."

You can read more about our conversation with Henry Kissinger in The Washington PostNewsmaxPOLITICO and The National Review.

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    Louise Dufresne is an Associate Producer for Face the Nation.

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