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MALONEY APPLAUDS REMOVAL OF GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH BAN IN OMNIBUS FUNDING BILL: Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of HR.1832, a bill to repeal the Dickey Amendment and fund gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control, applauded language included in the Omnibus spending bill to remove the ban on such research.

“Gun violence is a public health crisis and it needs to be treated like one,” said Rep. Maloney. “That starts with letting the CDC research gun violence to learn more about what drives it and how it can be prevented. I’m glad to see that language to repeal this senseless gag order on research is included in this must-pass omnibus bill. I have been working with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) for years now on a bill to do just that, and with this important change the CDC can and should begin conducting this research as soon as possible.”

MALONEY PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO COMBAT ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING: The Senate passed the bipartisan HR. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (POSTA), which includes an amendment added in the House to incorporate provisions of S. 1693, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). After Senate passage of the FOSTA-SESTA legislative package, Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), co-Chair and co-founder of the Human Trafficking Caucus, released the following statement:

“I was proud to join Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) on the floor of the Senate today as we watched the Senate pass our bill to deliver overdue justice for trafficking victims. As this bill heads to the President’s desk for his signature, we are one step closer to correcting a grievous ambiguity in our federal laws. For too long, websites like Backpage.com, which actively facilitate advertising on their platforms for sex with trafficking victims and children, have been able to escape accountability. This soon-to-be law will make it clear that internet companies that facilitate sex trafficking are not shielded by federal law. It will also give states better tools to crack down on these horrendous crimes and empowers trafficking survivors and their families to seek justice in court. I hope the President will quickly sign this transformative bill into law.”

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