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Democrats Push to Double Federal Research Funds for Gun Violence

June 1, 2021, 9:01 AM

Democrats aim to double the federal government’s portfolio of firearm violence research next year and get that research into the hands of key policymakers.

The fiscal 2022 budget President Joe Biden proposed to Congress Friday would increase to $50 million federal funds going to firearm violence research each year. That spending target matches what congressional Democrats pushed for in fiscal 2021, but it was cut to $25 million in the final agreement with Republicans.

Democrats say the increase should be coupled with a direction to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that this ...