From: The Honorable David E. Price
Sent By:
Sean.Maxwell@mail.house.gov

Date: 5/12/2016

Support Federal Gun Violence Research – Join 130+ Colleagues and Sign Bipartisan Letter to House Leadership

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Wednesday,
May 11th  May 18th

Original Signers: David Price, Robin Kelly, Mike Quigley, Nita Lowey, Rosa DeLauro

Cosigners: Alma Adams, Pete Aguilar, Joyce Beatty, Ami Bera, Don Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Brendan Boyle, Julia Brownley, G. K. Butterfield, Lois Capps, Michael Capuano, Tony Cardenas, John Carney, Andre Carson, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Yvette Clarke, Gerald Connolly, John Conyers Jr., Jim Cooper, Joe Courtney, Joseph Crowley, Elijah Cummings, Danny Davis, Susan Davis, Peter DeFazio, John Delaney, Suzan DelBene, Mark DeSaulnier, Ted Deutch, Mark DeSaulnier, Lloyd Doggett, Bob Dold, Mike Doyle, Tammy Duckworth, Donna Edwards, Keith Ellison, Anna Eshoo, Elizabeth Esty, Eliot Engel, Chaka Fattah, Bill Foster, Lois Frankel, Marcia Fudge, Ruben Gallego, Alan Grayson, Al Green, Raul Grijalva, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Luis Gutierrez, Alcee Hastings, Brian Higgins, Jim Himes,Mike Honda, Jared Huffman, Steve Israel, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Hakeem Jeffries, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Hank Johnson, William Keating, Dan Kildee, Derek Kilmer, Jim Langevin, Rick Larsen, John Larson, Brenda Lawrence, Barbara Lee, Sander Levin, Ted Lieu, Daniel Lipinski, Zoe Lofgren, Alan Lowenthal, Stephen Lynch, Carolyn Maloney, Sean Patrick Maloney, Doris Matsui, Betty McCollum, Jim McDermott, James McGovern, Jerry McNerney, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Gwen Moore, Seth Moulton, Patrick Murphy, Jerrold Nadler, Grace Napolitano, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Beto O’Rourke, Bill Pascrell Jr., Ed Perlmutter, Chellie Pingree, Stacey Plaskett, Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, Charles Rangel, Cedric Richmond, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Raul Ruiz, Bobby Rush, Tim Ryan, Jan Schakowsky, Adam Schiff,
Bobby Scott, David Scott, Jose Serrano, Albio Sires, Adam Smith, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Mark Takai, Mark Takano, Dina Titus, Mike Thompson, Paul Tonko, Niki Tsongas, Chris Van Hollen, Marc Veasey, Nydia Velazquez, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Frederica Wilson, John Yarmuth

Dear Colleague:

We ask that you join us in sending a letter to House leadership opposing any riders to fiscal year 2017 appropriations legislation that would effectively restrict gun violence research.

Gun violence has become an all-too-common occurrence in our neighborhoods and communities.  Whether it’s the mass shootings that make the news or the unseen violence that happens daily in our districts, gun violence takes the lives of more than 30,000 of our nation’s citizens each year.  We know the incidence of gun violence in America far outpaces our international peers, yet in recent years the federal government has conducted virtually no publicly funded scientific research into the causes of gun violence or its impact on public health.

Since 1996, riders have been attached to annual appropriations bills that in practice prohibit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or any other agency at the Department of Health and Human Services from conducting high-quality, peer-reviewed research about gun violence.  If policymakers are to make informed decisions about how best to address the problem of gun violence, we must ensure that our federal research enterprise can conduct sound scientific research without fear of losing their funding.

To sign up your boss or for additional information, please contact Sean Maxwell with Rep. David Price (Sean.Maxwell@mail.house.gov, 5-1784) or Zach Ostro with Rep. Robin Kelly (Zachary.Ostro@mail.house.gov,
5-0773).

Letter Text:

Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi,

Each year, approximately 32,000 Americans die from gun violence—the highest number in the developed world.  As gun-related deaths and injuries continue to wreak havoc in our districts, more and more Americans are joining with scientists and members of the public health community to demand decisive action from their elected leaders to keep our neighborhoods and communities safe.

Although Members of Congress may disagree about how best to respond to the high incidence of gun violence, we should all be able to agree that our response should be informed by sound scientific evidence.  That’s why we are asking you to take one simple step to prevent future tragedies by removing the language that creates a chilling effect on federally funded gun violence research at the Department of Health and Human Services in fiscal year 2017 appropriations legislation.

As you are aware, annual policy riders—known as the “Dickey Amendments” and “Rehberg Amendments”—have in practice prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies falling under the Department of Health and Human Services from conducting publicly funded scientific research on the causes of gun violence or its effects on public health.

Whether it is horrific mass shootings or the often unreported gun violence that occurs every day in towns and cities across America—the call to action is clear.  Instead of continuing with the status quo, let’s allow the research community to investigate evidence-based solutions that could help prevent gun violence while still protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.  We strongly urge you to direct the House Appropriations Committee to not include any riders in appropriations legislation that freeze gun violence research.

      Sincerely,