Gun violence research funding blocked

A proposal to designate $10 million for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for gun violence research in the 2018-19 federal budget was blocked by Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee—a move that Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s David Hemenway called “very sad.” Federal funding for gun research has been limited since 1996, when a Congressional budget rider called the Dickey Amendment—named for its sponsor, the late Republican Rep. Jay Dickey of Arkansas—forbade the CDC to use funds “to advocate or promote gun control.” Although Republican leaders agreed in March to a one-line clarification of the Dickey Amendment stating that the CDC is indeed permitted to conduct firearm-related violence research, public health experts have maintained that not much has changed because no funding has been provided for such research. Read the CNN article: Gun violence research funding gets snub from House Appropriations Committee Learn more Why there’s so little gun violence research ( Harvard Chan School news ) Federal funding needed for gun violence research ( Harvard Chan School news )

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