Felons Won’t Get Guns


House Republicans abandoned a proposal that could have allowed convicted felons to have their gun rights restored.

The action came Tuesday as the House Appropriations Committee put finishing touches on legislation to fund the Treasury Department, White House staff and other government agencies.

The bill also would abolish the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, cut the White House budget and prohibit federal employee health insurance from paying for most abortions.

An amendment by Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, to remove the abortion ban was defeated on a 24-19 vote.

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