The U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending package that includes $25 million for gun violence research.
The bill—sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) — now moves to the Senate for consideration. The Senate will vote on final passage in the coming days. The $25 million would be spent on gun violence prevention research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
”Gun violence is a public health epidemic, and it should be studied just like any other health crisis – by our government’s top researchers,” Maloney and Markey said in a joint statement. “While our bill would have provided $50 million for this research, this $25 million is an important first step. Studying gun violence is key [in] helping us to address an epidemic that takes 100 lives a day. We need to do everything we can to address preventable gun violence.”