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Chuck Schumer urges CDC to begin gun violence research immediately

Chuck Schumer speaking
Chuck Schumer speaking during a news conference. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Senator Chuck Schumer will aggressively pressure the director for the Center for Disease Control, Robert Redfield, to begin conducting research on gun violence in the country immediately, an aide told the Daily Beast.

The backdrop: When Congress passed its spending budget in March, there was an addendum to the bill formally stating that the CDC could spend money on gun research, clarifying language from a 1996 amendment that blocked the CDC from doing so. The addendum paved the way for the CDC to officially dedicate government resources to such research, but the CDC has yet to take action in the month since the funding bill passed. Schumer is now taking the lead to ensure they press forward.