House Dems call for vote on lifting gun violence research limits

House Dems call for vote on lifting gun violence research limits
© Getty Images

A group of House Democrats is calling on Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report Ocasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller MORE (R-Wis.) to take up a bill to repeal restrictions on gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The push to lift the restriction has gained new attention in the wake of the school shooting last week in Florida.

“Mr. Speaker, you have said we need more facts and data on this issue and we agree,” the seven House Democrats wrote in a Wednesday letter to Ryan. “Federal research is essential to provide us the facts and data we deserve to protect every American and prevent more senseless tragedies.”

ADVERTISEMENT

At issue is an annual provision in appropriations bills that states, "None of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control.”

Democrats argue the provision has had a chilling effect even on research, and the letter calls on Congress to provide funding for study.

There appeared to be some momentum for gun violence research last week when Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told a congressional hearing that he supports the research and thinks it is allowed even under current law.

The letter on Wednesday was signed by Democratic Reps. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment House passes bill to reauthorize funding for 9/11 victims It's time for the left to advance a shared vision of national security: Start by passing the NDAA MORE (N.Y.), Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts handshake with Kim, tariff freeze with Xi Repeat of border aid battle expected with Homeland Security bill Battle lines drawn for Mueller testimony MORE (Ill.), David PriceDavid Eugene PriceRepublican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?' Democrats advance more spending bills, defying Trump budget requests Ahead of infrastructure talks, House Democrats release 7B bill MORE (N.C.), Rosa DeLauroRosa Luisa DeLauroTrump faces new hit on deficit Top Democrats call for administration to rescind child migrant information sharing policy Democrats talk up tax credits to counter Trump law MORE (Conn.), Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment House votes to kill impeachment effort against Trump Hillicon Valley: Trump officials to investigate French tax on tech giants | Fed chair raises concerns about Facebook's crypto project | FCC blocks part of San Francisco law on broadband competition | House members warn of disinformation 'battle' MORE (N.Y.), Robin KellyRobin Lynne KellyHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries MORE (Ill.) and Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyHouse Democrats delete tweets attacking each other, pledge to unify House approves bill raising minimum wage to per hour Omar introduces resolution affirming 'right to participate in boycotts' ahead of possible vote on anti-BDS bill MORE (Fla.).