121 Dems launch partisan effort to fund CDC gun research
By Chris Eger
U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, an Illinois Democrat, is backing a measure to modify the Dickey Amendment, which prohibits the use of funding at the Department of Health and Human Services to advocate gun control. (Photo: WTTW)
A group of House Democrats on Wednesday urged the chamber’s leaders to end a longstanding ban through the Dickey Amendments on federal funding for gun research study as a health care issue.
The lawmakers sent a letter – signed by Rep. David Price, D-N.C., and others – addressed to Reps. Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi calling for an end to the defunding of the Centers for Disease Control on the issue.
“Although Members of Congress may disagree about how best to respond to the high incidence of gun violence, we should all be able to agree that our response should be informed by sound scientific evidence,” says the letter in part, urging House leaders to oppose traditional language in the final fiscal year 2018 appropriations package barring use federal funds for research directed at gun control.
Named for former U.S. House Rep. Jay Dickey, an Arkansas Republican who backed the measure in 1996, the amendment stripped the CDC of $2.6 million it had been using on its gun