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WCSJ: Kinzinger Explains Vote on Gun Reform Legislation, Introduces Rural Hospital Bill

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MORRIS, IL, March 12, 2021 | comments

Congressman Adam Kinzinger has reintroduced a bill that he says would expand and utilize the Critical Access Hospital Program to stabilize rural hospitals across the country.

The Rural Hospital Closure Relief Act, H.R. 1639, is intended to protect health care infrastructure in rural communities as the nation begins to heal from the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Congressman said he would work to get more hospitals classified as Critical Access Hospitals.

The Congressman also recently explained his vote on gun reform legislation. On Thursday the House passed H.R. 8, The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021. The legislation would require firearm transfers between unrelated and unlicensed individuals to be conducted through a licensed dealer.

Kinzinger said the bill would make unlicensed individuals undergo a background check before having access to a weapon. He also said the language stipulates that it will not authorize creation of a national firearms registry, and has exceptions for law enforcement agencies as well as inter-family gifts and loaning for hunting and sports shooting.

The original article can be found on the WCSJ News website here.

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