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

        Request for Signature(s)

Deadline WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2020, at noon

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Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join us in urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to include $50 million for public health research on gun violence across various agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. 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. Through conference negotiations, Congress provided $25 million for this critical research, divided evenly between the CDC and NIH.

Gun violence has become an all-too-common occurrence in neighborhoods and communities across our country.  Whether it’s the mass shootings that make the news or the less visible violence that happens daily in our districts, gun violence takes the lives of roughly
40,000 Americans each year.  We know the incidence of gun violence in America far outpaces our international peers, and we believe Congress should continue to appropriate funds to research the causes of gun violence and its impact on public health.

If policymakers are to make informed decisions about how best to address the problem of gun violence, we must fund our federal research enterprise to ensure sound scientific research.  Gun violence research is 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, including ways to reduce
firearm injuries and deaths in children.  We believe this research lays the foundation for effective, evidence-based interventions that will save lives.

We hope that you will join us in requesting that $50 million be provided in the FY 2021 Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill for necessary research about gun violence.

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Sincerely,

 

_________________                          ________________                         ________________

  DAVID E. PRICE                                    ROBIN L. KELLY                                 CAROLYN B. MALONEY

 

  _________________                        _________________                        _________________

     MIKE QUIGLEY                         STEPHANIE MURPHY                         LUCY McBATH

     _________________

DAVID N. CICILLINE

 

 

March XX, 2020

 

The Honorable Rosa DeLauro                                          The Honorable Tom Cole

    Chairwoman                                                                    Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Labor, Health                                       Subcommittee on Labor, Health

and Human Services, Education,                                         and Human Services, Education

and Related Agencies                                                              and Related Agencies

2358-B Rayburn Office Building                                     1016 Longworth Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                                     Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole:

We are writing to thank the Subcommittee for its past support of funding for gun violence research through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) and respectfully request $50 million for this critical
research in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

In 2019, nearly 40,000 Americans died from gun violence—the highest number of any high-income country. As we reflect on 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 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 continue your support
in preventing future tragedies by providing funds to CDC and NIH for the purpose of conducting public health research on gun violence. As you know, this research is 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, including ways to reduce firearm injuries and deaths in children.
We believe this research is laying 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. We hope there will be continued support for the research community to investigate evidence-based
interventions that could help prevent gun violence. For these reasons, we strongly urge you to provide $50 million for gun violence research in the 2021 fiscal year. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Sincerely,

 

            ___________________                         ___________________                           ____________________           

       DAVID E. PRICE                            ROBIN L. KELLY                                 CAROLYN B. MALONEY

 

 

             ____________________                      ____________________                           ___________________

                    MIKE QUIGLEY                             STEPHANIE MURPHY                                 LUCY McBATH

 

  ____________________

 DAVID N. CICILLINE

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