• The spending bill set to be released by congressional leaders on Wednesday is expected to include a tweak to a 22-year old provision that prevents the government from studying gun violence.
  • The ban has been a hot topic since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in February.

The omnibus spending package set to be released by congressional leaders on Wednesday is expected to significantly change a decades-old ban on the federal government's ability to study gun violence.

As part of the bill, there will be guidance to clarify the interpretation of what is known as the Dickey amendment, a small provision that was attached to an omnibus bill in 1996. It prevents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from studying the health implications of gun violence and says "Centers for Disease Control and Preventiongun control

The expected fix comes just more than a month after the mass shooting at a high-school in Parkland, Florida, which brought renewed attention to the issue.

In addition to the Dickey amendment reversal, the omnibus bill will also contain a few other gun-related items:

  • A measure from Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican, to fix gaps in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. While the move would not institute universal background checks, it would compel local and state agencies to be more diligent in reporting to the federal system.