The United States House of Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion bipartisan spending bill today to finance the U.S. government through September 30, 2014 by a vote of 359-67.The United States Senate will start considering the measure on January 16 with the goal of sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature as soon as possible.
Included in the Omnibus was an increase of nearly $8 million dollars for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) bringing the program's funding to $11.2 million from $3.5 million which only allowed 18 states to participate. To design effective suicide prevention strategies, we must first have complete, accurate and timely information about deaths by suicide. NVDRS provides this information, which is essential to improve state and federal suicide prevention activities.
AFSP applauds the United State House of Representatives for approving additional funding for NVDRS and urges the United States Senate to act swiftly in passing the Omnibus bill.