Price Announces Gun Violence Research Funds in Government Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, DC (December 16, 2019) – On Monday, December 16, 2019, Congressman David Price (NC-04) released a statement following the inclusion of $25 million in dedicated federal resources for gun violence prevention research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the final spending package for the 2020 fiscal year. This announcement follows two letters Congressman Price led with hundreds of colleagues requesting funding for gun violence research in this year’s funding bill.
“On average, over 100,000 people a year are shot in the United States, but the CDC and the NIH have effectively been banned from studying its root causes and effects on public health,” said Congressman David Price. “For years, I have worked to eliminate barriers restricting gun violence research. We cannot stand idly by as the death toll continues to mount. The American people want solutions to the needless gun violence epidemic at their schools, their places of worship, and in their communities.”
“I am pleased to see that the tide has finally turned. Over 100 of my colleagues and I advocated for these funds, and I am encouraged to see that NIH and CDC will finally have the resources they need to conduct life-saving research about the most effective ways to respond to gun violence as a public health crisis. I am grateful to Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro, Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey, and Speaker Pelosi for their leadership on this important issue.”
The $25 million will be split evenly between the CDC and the NIH. Congressman David Price is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and has worked for years to secure funds for gun violence prevention research to help inform effective, evidence-based strategies to respond to the crisis.
A copy of Congressman Price’s letter to House Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee leadership can be found here. A copy of Congressman’s Price letter to House and Senate leadership can be found here.