House Republicans block funding for CDC to conduct study into gun violence.

By |2018-07-13T14:14:58-08:00July 13th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |12 Comments

Courtesy of Politico:

House Republican appropriators Wednesday rejected a proposal to designate millions of dollars for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for gun violence research, voting 32-20 to keep the language out of a fiscal 2019 spending bill.

The party-line vote marked Democrats’ latest failed bid to spur studies into preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths — and comes despite a bipartisan agreement earlier this year that the CDC is permitted to conduct such research. The agency’s ability to study gun violence had been limited by a 1996 provision that prevented the CDC from collecting data to advocate for gun control.

“It’s time that we give the scientists the tools to study the causes of firearm injury, in hopes that more Americans can be spared from violent suicide and firearm-related accidents,” said Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), who introduced the amendment.

The measure, which would’ve been tacked onto the House’s fiscal 2019 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, proposed earmarking $10 million for competitive grants to support gun violence research.

Now gee, why wouldn’t the Republicans want to invest funds in helping to protect Americans from gun violence? 

After all, they see the same headlines we do about school shootings, drive-by shootings, and “accidental” shootings. 

Could it be because they care more about protecting the NRA from embarrassing facts than they do about protecting the average American citizen? 

Keep in mind that the NRA, with the help of these Republican appeasers, have blocked the CDC from examining these facts for over 20 7ears. 

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  1. Paul July 13, 2018 at 5:51 am

    As a group, elected republicans are some of the most despicable people in our country. Yes, there are some decent ones, but they are rapidly going extinct. This vote is just the latest in a long line of action and words that demonstrates this.

  2. anonymous July 13, 2018 at 7:10 am

    OT? #1 I$$ue PG?>”under the alias 1973″
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    ‘ “I don’t think there’s a single crew member that thinks, ‘Oh, this is a great idea for a movie,’ it’s just being treated as another job, but nobody really wants to go to work the next day.” Bernsen conceded that the production has been “marred, because it’s a hot-button topic.”’
    “While the Roe cast includes actors like Jon Voight, Steve Guttenberg, Jamie Kennedy and Stacy Dash, it also features conservative provocateurs Tomi Lahren, Milo Yiannopoulos and Roger Stone, the details of which were kept from some crew members.” “Much of the controversy around Roe has focused on the gruesome script, which features Yiannopoulos’s character performing dozens of abortions in a few hours and a scene in a hotel room filled with “a dozen buckets of tiny fetuses and baby parts.””



    • anonymous July 13, 2018 at 7:50 am

      ” the possible existence of a “bombshell tape of Trump in an elevator in Trump Tower.” “The elevator tape,” tweeted Christina Wilkie, a former HuffPost reporter who now covers the White House for “Every Trump reporter’s White Whale.”

      “Arnold had already carved out something of a niche for himself within that subsector of the internet searching for that one thing, whatever it was, that would finally take down Trump. Over the previous year, the comedian had made reference to supposed “outtakes” from “The Apprentice” that he claimed could have “changed the results of the election,” challenged “gamers” to obtain Trump’s tax returns, and proclaimed that former NBC executive Chuck LaBella had “all the dirt” on Trump.

      Arnold’s tweets about the elevator tape last November created an understandable buzz on Twitter and raised more than a few questions. Chief among them: What is that guy from “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” talking about? Does it have any basis in reality? And why would Tom freakin’ Arnold, of all people, know anything about anything of national significance? Isn’t this all a bit like Cheech and Chong leading an investigation into the 18-minute gap in the Nixon tapes?” ” the modern Trump phenomenon: the deal-cutting, story-killing, sign-here-and-never-speak-of-this-again media-celebrity complex. If you wanted to understand Ronald Reagan, it helped to know something about Hollywood during the blacklist. If you wanted to understand George H.W. Bush, it helped to know Kennebunkport, Maine, and Midland, Texas. If you want to understand Trump, it helps to know TMZ.

      Since last Thanksgiving, Arnold has seemed to make it his personal mission to find the elevator tape and other allegedly incriminating videos, tweeting about them incessantly. ” “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold.”
      A trailer for the show makes clear what sort of things he hopes to find: “The N-Word Tape,” “The Pee-Pee Tape” and the like.”
      ” Beverly Hills-based lawyer Melissa Dagodag reached out to TMZ, according to Cartwright. Dagodag, who normally deals in trademark and copyright matters, claimed to represent a client who possessed “another bombshell tape of Trump in an elevator in Trump Tower.”

      The tip quickly set off a chain of events within the newsroom. Mike Walters ― a longtime top employee at TMZ who has since left to start his own media company ― spoke with Dagodag, then to Levin, who quickly and uncharacteristically took over the investigation into the tip. “Harvey took us out of it very quickly. To be removed from it like that was very weird,” one top former employee at TMZ told the Daily Beast.” “The next morning,” Beckerman told the Daily Beast, “the source said the tape was no longer for sale and it was insinuated that it had been bought by someone else. Then the source went completely dark.” Levin reportedly told his employees that he had also “made a call to Trump’s camp alerting them to the tip.” ““AMI has often paid for stories to take them off the market ― i.e., no one else can print it ― to protect David’s friends. Trump is one of his close friends, so take the leap,” ““somebody paid $20 million to take this supposed tape off the market.” Howard was resolute that even if a tape of Trump in an elevator existed ― and he doubts that it does ― it was not AMI that bought it.” “Good luck.”

  3. anonymous July 13, 2018 at 7:54 am

    “Rod Rosenstein is holding a press conference at 11:45 a.m. (ET) for a “law enforcement announcement.”

    The Department of Justice has not clarified what the news conference is about. But CNN has reported that new indictment in Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is expected today.”

    • anonymous July 13, 2018 at 8:17 am

      YES! ~IT~ is going down…

    • anonymous July 13, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Andrea FUCK ing mitchell

      ““We are now hearing that 12 Russians have been indicted by the Justice Department,” Mitchell announced as Trump was walking with the queen. “Russian intelligence officers charged with hacking. Now, we know how difficult it would be to ever pursue them in terms of getting them here and prosecuting them, but this adds to the 13 Russians who were not directly involved with the government, per se. But these are Russian intelligence operatives who are charged with hacking the Democratic National Committee in the run-up to the 2016 election.””

      Fuck Alan tOO! They created the B$.


      • Beaglemom July 13, 2018 at 9:41 am

        I fear that Don the Con will be the cause of many nightmares for Britain’s leaders in the days and weeks to come. How dare Trump threaten the British Prime Minister over how the country will handle Brexit which we now know was partly orchestrated by Russian trolls, the same ones who connived to put Don the Con in the White House. He is such a bully! The worst kind of bully! And the third wife is supposedly busy combatting bullies everywhere she finds them. Hasn’t she noticed that her husband is the Bully King?

  4. Anonymous July 13, 2018 at 7:58 am

    ““You’re not supposed to be here. This is a good neighborhood,” he recalled to FOX 11.

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    Police arrived and Phillips wasn’t charged with anything.”

  5. anonymous July 13, 2018 at 8:28 am

    ““a woman’s right to choose will be repealed and the health coverage and economic security of 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will be in grave peril.”

    This is neither wrong nor hyperbolic. With Kavanaugh on the bench, the conservative legal movement will have a decades-long hold on the Supreme Court, and thus an opportunity to reverse the perceived “judicial activism” of the Warren and Burger Courts. After a half-century shaped by those courts and their expansive vision of reproductive and voting rights, among others, a retrenchment sparked by Kavanaugh’s confirmation would be nothing less than a counterrevolution.”
    “the true innovator was Newt Gingrich. As House Speaker after the 1994 midterms, Gingrich brought a philosophy of total war to the GOP. He cast the Clinton administration, and the Democratic Party at large, as something less than fully American. Embracing legislative brinkmanship and government shutdowns, Gingrich and his hard-right supporters blasted away at key norms of compromise and negotiation that helped Congress function. ” ” Trump proudly defies the rules and norms of liberal democracy, demonstrating an authoritarian’s contempt for anything that might bound his will. Given that, it’s striking how few Democratic lawmakers have embraced the totalizing rhetoric and tactics deployed by Republicans under the previous administration. While party leaders like Pelosi hint at the stakes, it’s the liberal grassroots, and politicians most in tune with that grassroots, who have adopted a position of absolute opposition, from mass protests to public shaming of administration officials.” “Republicans’ total-war mentality has tipped the scales, ushering a would-be strongman into the Oval Office and fostering minority rule in the face of broad public discontent. If there’s no returning to a more balanced and “civil” status quo—where both sides respect each other as legitimate partners—then the only option is to play by the new rules.”

  6. Anonymous July 13, 2018 at 9:57 am

    GOP Said The CDC Could Research Gun Violence, But Won’t Give Them Money To Do It

    • Beaglemom July 13, 2018 at 11:34 am

      It makes you wonder why the GOP in Congress is so frightened of possible CDC findings regarding gun violence. Facts should not frighten legislators. Facts should be their “friends.” Unfortunately for the American people and for everyone else, Republican politicians live in a totally “fake news” bubble; they know that facts will burst their bubble. Maybe that’s why they oppose education and science too. Anything that is fact based is anathema to them.

  7. anon July 13, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    ” Politico reports that the gun lobby group appears to have used the services of a shell company to bankroll Cotton’s re-election campaign in 2014, alongside Republicans Thom Tillis in North Carolina and Cory Gardner in Colorado.

    What’s striking about the report is that the company—Starboard Strategic—got $19 million from the NRA, despite being a relative newcomer to electoral politics. Politico found no record of the firm’s activity in prior elections in FEC documents. However, the company has identical information to OnMessage, a far more established campaign organization.

    “Well-established and well-connected, OnMessage is as transparent as Starboard is opaque,” writes reporter Mike Spies. “What the Federal Election Commission and the public do not know is that the two entities appear to be functionally one and the same.””

    Did it break campaign finance laws in the process?”

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