Connecticut's two U.S. Senators have signed onto a letter calling for a hearing on funding gun violence prevention research.
Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, along with 16 of their colleagues, released a new letter to Senate Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee Appropriations Chairman, and the Senate Appropriations Chairman formally urging a hearing be scheduled on appropriating funds for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence in the United States.
Currently, a Republican appropriations rider from 1996 prohibits funding for such research at the CDC. The original rider’s author has since announced his opposition to it. Former Republican Jay Dickey says the rider’s intention was to prevent the CDC from lobbying for gun control, not from conducting gun-violence research.