Sen. Markey: ‘Desperate Attempt’ By Trump Administration ‘To Claw Back Vital Funding for Gun Violence Prevention’

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The following is a media release from Sen. Ed Markey, who was elected by voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve the state in Washington DC in the US Senate. He is a Democrat.

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WASHINGTON DC – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement yesterday, January 15 after the Trump administration announced a proposal to rescind $12.3 million of the $12.5 million appropriated in Fiscal Year 2021 for Firearm Injury and Mortality Prevention Research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Senator Markey and Rep. Maloney were successful in securing $25 million each year in the past two fiscal years for gun violence research at the CDC.

Since 2013, they have introduced the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act, which would fund research at the CDC on firearms safety and gun violence prevention at $50 million per year for five years.  

“This is one last, desperate attempt by Donald Trump, in service to his gun lobby cronies, to claw back vital funding for gun violence prevention that Congress already passed. Thankfully, this craven move will go nowhere, and we will soon begin working with the Biden administration to ensure this funding stays in place. With gun violence deaths on the rise during the pandemic, now more than ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention needs funding for gun violence prevention research. We will continue to push for an increase in this funding and will be re-introducing the ‘Gun Violence Prevention Act’ this Congress to make gun violence research funding permanent for the next five years. With a committed Biden administration we can make passing comprehensive gun safety reform a priority this Congress,” said Sen. Markey.

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