Remember in 2009 when Rep. Nancy Pelosi told the American people that we needed to pass the Affordable Care Act in order to find out what’s in it? The ACA was well over 2,000 pages long.
The omnibus spending bill passed by Congress last week and signed by President Donald Trump was also well over 2,000 pages and like the Affordable Care Act, now that it has been -passed and signed into law, we are starting to learn what all is contained in the massive tome.
What many were probably not aware of is that the bill funded to improve background checks and provided funding for the CDC to conduct their biased anti-gun research on gun violence.
NPR’s Sarah McCammon spoke to Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) about the gun-control measures.
(NPR) – NPR’s Sarah McCammon asks Pennsylvania Congressman Ryan Costello about provisions in the omnibus bill to improve criminal background checks for gun buyers and allow CDC research into gun violence.
SARAH MCCAMMON, HOST:
We’re going to start the program with a story that dominated the news this weekend, and that’s the renewed focus on American gun laws. Hundreds of thousands of people marched across the country in support of tighter gun restrictions. But what you might not have heard is that Congress and the president passed a couple of new rules about guns in the spending bill that was signed into law on Friday. One is meant to close a loophole that allowed the mass shooter in Sutherland Springs, Texas last year to pass a background check. The other frees the Centers for Disease Control to study gun violence. We wanted to know more about all of this, so we called up Congressman Ryan Costello. He’s a Republican from Pennsylvania.
Congressman Costello, welcome back to the program.
RYAN COSTELLO: Great to be with you…
The scariest part of all of this is that more and more once gun-rights defending Republicans are now starting to embrace more and more gun control measures. For once in their careers, they are listening to the people, but they are listening to the WRONG people. Republicans are listening to liberal Democrats instead of listening to their constituents, patriotic conservative Americans.