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The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a temporary measure to keep the government funded through the end of September. Government shutdown averted.
But it turns out the continuing resolution didn’t just address spending. It contains six measures that limit how federal agencies deal with guns.
These are the first gun-related provisions members of Congress have passed since 20 first-graders were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. And while all of the public discussion is about new gun controls, these so-called policy riders very quietly do the opposite.
Who had his smarmy hands all over it? Wait for it…
“There was very little discussion,” says Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. Rogers is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which produced the bill that contains these riders. One of them dates back to the mid-1990s; the others have been around for seven or eight years, regularly included in spending bills like this one, without any debate.
“These are not new. These are general provisions that we’ve carried for a long time,” Rogers says.
What is new is that the continuing resolution makes four of these riders permanent.
Bet you lots of golden ameros that the KDRP will be afraid to touch that with a ten foot pole.