As the Senate inches closer to considering a bipartisan proposal to expand gun background checks, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is offering to add his bill on the study of media violence as an amendment.
The amendment, the Violent Content Research Amendment of 2013, mirrors the bill he reintroduced in January that directs the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services to work with the National Academy of Sciences to determine whether there's a connection between exposure to violent video games and programs and harmful effects on children.
Rockefeller's amendment will get an up-or-down vote in the coming days, along with other proposed changes to gun legislation. The amendments require 60 votes to become part of the current bill.
Before Rockefeller's bill was turned into an amendment, it had bipartisan support from five senators.
Rockefeller, who said he would not run for re-election in 2014, has made the study of media and video game violence a top priority in the wake of the shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn.