As the Senate considers Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations legislation, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joins Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 21 Democratic Senators in urging Senate leadership to remove from appropriations legislation any anti-gun violence prevention research riders, including a rider that is commonly known as the “Dickey amendment”. A 1996 Republican appropriations rider authored by former Congressman Jay Dickey (R-AR) prohibits federal funds from being used to “advocate or promote” gun control. Many have misconstrued the rider as banning federal research into the causes of gun violence. Rep. Dickey (R-AR) has publicly stated that he now supports funding gun violence prevention research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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