Congress is on the verge of passing a $1.3 trillion dollar spending bill.
Conservatives are furious.
And Chuck Schumer snuck one thing into the legislation that is bad news for Trump supporters.
Schumer and Mitch McConnell secretly negotiated stuffing the legislation with brand new gun control.
A provision in the bill expands the gun registration database.
“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) endorsed the inclusion of narrow, bipartisan legislation aimed at improving records and information-sharing in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System — even though gun control advocates say the provision barely moves the needle on firearms restrictions.
In return, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are discussing language stating that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can research gun violence. A law banning gun control advocacy by the CDC, known as the Dickey amendment, has long had a chilling effect on such research.”
National Association for Gun Rights President Dudley Brown has blasted this scheme.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
“Despite what appears in the bill’s text, Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights, described it as establishing “a gun control super-database” and “expanding the Brady-NICS gun owner registry.”
“Weak Republicans always push gun control laws under the guise of ‘enforcing the laws we have,’ but only end up pushing the Democrat agenda, giving gun owners more reasons to worry,” he said.”
In addition, Ryan and McConnell gutted the Dickey Amendment which prevents the Center for Disease Control and Prevention from using funding authorized in the title of their funding bill to advocate gun control.
Ryan and McConnell inserted language that says the CDC is not barred from doing this research.
“Republicans will be using the omnibus bill to clarify that the Centers for Control and Prevention (CDC) can perform “gun violence research.”
The Democrats wanted a full repeal of the Dickey Amendment, and Republicans demurred but met them halfway by agreeing to make it clear that the CDC is not barred from doing the research.
The Dickey Amendment, named after the late Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR), was put into a funding bill in 1996 and has been renewed every year since. It says, “None of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control.”
According to The Hill, Democrats claim the amendment put “a chilling effect” on gun violence research. Republicans responded by suggesting that the only censorship faced by the CDC was “self-censorship.”
President Obama asked the Republican-controlled Congress to fund gun violence research fiscal years 2014 through 2017, but Congress refused. Now, however, the Republicans are prepared to clarify that the CDC is not barred from doing “gun violence research,” even with the Dickey Amendment in place.”
Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell completely folded on every issue in the spending fight.
Ryan and McConnell fully funded Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills.
Ryan and McConnell also agreed to strip out Trump’s request for $25 billion to build the border wall.
And now Ryan and McConnell have agreed to Schumer’s demands to slip new gun control into the omnibus.
It is a complete betrayal of Republican voters.
And it could lead to Democrats taking back Congress if enough GOP voters are disgusted with Ryan and McConnell’s cowardice and stay home—because it doesn’t seem to matter if the GOP is in charge or not, the Democrats priorities always get funded.