Mar 21, 2018

Spending bill will include gun background checks

girls hold sign that says "gun control now!"

Photo: Xinhua / Wang Ping via Getty

The large spending bill being voted on in Congress this week includes the Fix NICS bill, the bipartisan bill to strengthen existing gun background checks, as well as additional funding for school safety, according to two senior GOP aides. There will also be language that clarifies the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can do gun research.

Why it matters: The outcome is likely to disappoint the survivors of the Parkland school shooting and gun control advocates who were pushing for tougher measures, like a ban on assault weapons. We're sure to hear more about this at the March for Our Lives rally taking place this weekend.

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