Democrats aim to end ban on federal funding for gun violence research

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, with from left, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., speaks to members of the media, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, regarding the House Select Committee to Investigate Planned Parenthood. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – House Democrats announced they will make ending a ban to use federal funding for gun violence research a top priority Thursday morning.

Democratic Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made the announcement while surrounded by Americans who lost a loved one to gun violence.

“Why would we not want data? Why would we not want information?” she said.

The victims in attendance, which included family members of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, happen to be on Capitol Hill while lawmakers are negotiating a major budget deal to fund the federal government for 2016.

Pelosi wants to demand an amendment be taken out of the budget which bans federal organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health from researching gun violence in America.

“It would just be the easiest thing in the world for them to take that piece of legislation out of the bill,” Pelosi said.

The ban on gun violence research – called the Dickey-Wicker Amendment – was put in place back in 1995.

Republican Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would not comment on whether he supported the proposal.

“Those negotiations are ongoing right now as we speak,” he said. “The last thing I want to do is negotiate through the media.”

The original deadline for the budget to pass was set for Friday, but that’s now been pushed back until Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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