Sending Office: Honorable David E. Price
Sent By:
Leigh.Whittaker@mail.house.gov

Support Gun Violence Research

Deadline COB TODAY NOV. 25

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McGovern, Moore, Moulton, Mucarsel-Powell, Murphy (Stephanie) Nadler, Napolitano, Norton, Panetta, Perlmutter, Peters, Pingree, Porter, Pressley, Price, Quigley, Raskin, Rice, Rouda, Ruiz, Ruppersberger, Rush, Sarbanes, Schakowsky, Schneider, Scott, Shalala,
Sires, Spanberger, Speier, Stevens, Suozzi, Swalwell, Takano, Thompson (Mike), Titus, Vargas, Welch, Wexton, Wilson

We invite you to join us in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership to include $50 million for public health research on gun violence at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Fiscal Year
(FY) 2020.  As you may know, the House included this funding in the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill (H.R. 2740), which passed the House on June 19, 2019.

Gun violence has become an all-too-common occurrence in neighborhoods and communities across the country.  Whether it’s the mass shootings that regularly make the news headlines, violence that happens daily in our districts, or firearm suicide numbers that
continue to rise, gun violence takes the lives of roughly 40,000 Americans each year.  We know the rates of gun violence in the United States far outpaces our international peers, yet Congress has not appropriated funds to research the causes of gun violence
or its impact on public health for more than 20 years.

If policymakers are to make informed decisions about how best to address the American epidemic of gun violence, we must provide strong federal funding for sound scientific research.  Gun violence research deserves the same investment as other public health-related
research topics addressed by the CDC such as research on drowning prevention, intimate partner violence, and motor vehicle injuries.NIH also has a long history of supporting rigorous, peer-reviewed research on a wide variety of critical
subjects.  We know that research lays the foundation for effective, evidence-based interventions that save lives, and we are already two decades behind. We must act now.

To sign on to this letter, please click
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.  If you would like more information on this letter, please contact Leigh Whittaker with Congressman Price at
Leigh.Whittaker@mail.house.gov or 5-1784.

 

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      DAVID PRICE                                      ROBIN KELLY                          CAROLYN MALONEY

 

_________________                          ________________                         ________________

MIKE QUIGLEY                              STEPHANIE MURPHY                     LUCY McBATH

 

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DAVID N. CICILLINE

 

November [xx], 2019

 

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi                           The Honorable Mitch McConnell     

Speaker of the House                                    Senate Majority Leader

H-232 , U.S. Capitol                                      S-230, U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC 20515                                    Washington, DC 20510

 

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy                      The Honorable Charles Schumer

House Minority Leader                                     Senate Minority Leader

H-204, U.S. Capitol                                      S-221, U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC 20515                                     Washington, DC 20510

 

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy, and Leader Schumer:

Each year, approximately 40,000 Americans die from gun violence—the highest number of any high-income country.  In the wake of a seemingly endless string of horrific mass shootings and consistent news of community gun violence in our own districts, Americans
of diverse backgrounds are joining with scientists, healthcare providers, 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.  As you know, the House included $25 million for
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and $25 million for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct gun violence prevention research in the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill (H.R. 2740), which passed the
House on June 19, 2019. This research would be consistent with other non-disease related research conducted by the CDC such as research on drowning prevention, intimate partner violence, and motor vehicle injuries. NIH also has a long
history of supporting rigorous, peer-reviewed research on a wide variety of critical subjects
. We know that research lays the foundation for effective, evidence-based interventions that will save lives.

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 unacceptable status quo, let us direct the research community
to investigate evidence-based interventions that could help prevent gun violence and provide the essential resources to do so.  For these reasons, we strongly urge you to support $50 million for gun violence research at the CDC and NIH in any finalized fiscal
year 2020 appropriations legislation.  Thank you for your consideration.

 Sincerely,

 

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DAVID E. PRICE                               ROBIN L. KELLY                            CAROLYN MALONEY

Member of Congress                       Member of Congress                        Member of Congress

 

    ___________________                          _______________________                   ___________________

MIKE QUIGLEY                               STEPHANIE MURPHY                          LUCY McBATH

   Member of Congress                            Member of Congress                             Member of Congress

 

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DAVID N. CICILLINE

     Member of Congress

 

CC: The Honorable Nita Lowey          

        The Honorable Kay Granger        

        The Honorable Rosa DeLauro                

        The Honorable Tom Cole   

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