Gun violence research funding gets snub from House Appropriations Committee

Gun violence research funding gets snub from House Appropriations Committee

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Smith and Wesson handguns are displayed during the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on May 5, 2018, in Dallas, Texas. (CNN) – Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee blocked a proposal to designate funding specifically for gun violence research on Wednesday, leaving public health researchers disappointed. The vote against the proposal was 32-20, along party lines. Overall, the House Appropriations Committee approved the draft fiscal year 2019 funding bill on a vote of 30-22. The draft bill — which, in total, includes $177.1 billion in discretionary funding — consists of funding for programs within the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and other related agencies. "The Republicans’ decision not to include $10 million in appropriations for the CDC to support research to inform gun violence prevention is very disappointing," said Daniel Webster, the Bloomberg Professor of American Health at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. "Gun violence, including suicides, is one of our nation’s most pressing concerns for public health and safety. Yet government funding for research that could inform policies and programs to prevent gun violence is miniscule in comparison to the scope of the problem," he said. "Private funding for such research is beginning to increase, but huge public problems demand significant government investment over the long haul." David Hemenway, professor of health policy and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at the […]

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Gun violence research funding gets snub from House Appropriations Committee

Gun violence research funding gets snub from House Appropriations Committee

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