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house using appropriations bill to work on guns, churches

washington — out of the spotlight, a house panel has taken steps to help victims of gun violence, allow robust politicking from the pulpit, and prevent doctors in the district of columbia from helping terminally ill people commit suicide.the republican-led house appropriations committee passed a $20 billion spending bill thursday to fund the treasury department, the judiciary and other federal agencies.quietly tucked inside were numerous provisions that have little to do with funding the federal government. these are called riders. some are controversial while others are bipartisan. many will be discarded when republicans and democrats negotiate a final spending package this fall — though some will survive.the bill now goes to the full house. a look at some of the provisions:___young immigrantsthe bill would allow young immigrants enrolled in former president barack obama's deferred actions for childhood arrival program to apply for jobs with the federal government.rep. pete aguilar, d-calif., said young people brought into the country as children "identify as americans." for many, he said, the u.s. is the only country they have ever called home."denying dreamers the opportunity to serve their community and country through public service stands in stark contrast to our nation's core values," aguilar said, using a nickname applied to people enrolled in the daca program.the daca program gives hundreds of thousands of young people illegally brought into the u.s. as chi...