(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Congressman David Price (NC-04) and more than 100 colleagues in urging and House and Senate leadership to prioritize federal funding for gun violence prevention research in the finalized Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations legislation. The House-passed version of the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill, H.R. 2740, included $25 million each for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct gun violence prevention research.

The Members wrote:

"Whether it is horrific mass shootings or 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 reasions, 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."

A signed copy of the letter can be found here.