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In 1996, Congress attached an amendment to the omnibus spending bill for banned the use of any federal money in the bill to be used by any organization, including the CDC, to conduct research on gun violence for the purpose of promoting gun control legislation. The Amendment, known as the Dickey Amendment, after Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR) who authored it.

Democrats have tried several times to repeal the Dickey Amendment without any success. Democrats now believe they may be able to bargain with Republicans who are working on gun control legislation with the Democrats, to finally repeal the Dickey Amendment.

(Washington Examiner) – Senate Democrats see an opportunity to get rid of a decades-old spending policy rider that critics say has chilled research into gun violence.

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Senate Democrats are now negotiating with GOP leadership on how to move forward with gun legislation and what measures could be considered as amendments to a bipartisan bill to improve a national background check system. Some Democrats have said repealing the Dickey Amendment, which prohibits federal funding from going towards studies that promote or advocate gun control research, is among the topics under discussion.

“I want the Dickey Amendment repealed, and we can do that as one of the amendments in the floor or through the appropriations process,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who is negotiating with GOP leadership.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., also said that a repeal of the amendment is being considered…

One of the principle platforms of the Democratic Party is to spend as many of our tax dollars on many useless programs and studies, which is what a study on gun violence is. There are enough studies to show the figures of gun violence, where it is happening and where it isn’t happening, which is usually places where people carry guns.

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