File photo-Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., right, accompanied by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in April of 2013, following a private meeting with families of the victims of the Newtown School Shooting.
Credit AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says the $1.1 trillion spending bill that made its way through Congress could pave the way for the passage of federal gun control legislation. A bill providing for universal background checks on gun purchases, that was introduced following the Newtown School Shooting, failed to pass the Senate last year.