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Legislators Urge Increased NIH Funding

March 23, 2012—More than 150 Members of the House of Representatives March 20 sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee leadership requesting a funding level of “at least $32 billion” for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for FY 2013.  

The bipartisan letter, which was organized by Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), states, “We feel this level is absolutely vital in order for NIH to continue improving health through medical science breakthroughs and to maintain international leadership in science and biomedical research.”

“With federal funding of at least $32 billion,” the letter continues, “NIH can continue to serve as the world’s preeminent medical research institution and our nation’s best hope for finding cures, improving treatments, and gaining a better understanding of the complex causes of diseases that affect millions of Americans.”

The letter also notes, “NIH is also a key pillar of our economic recovery, generating high-paying jobs in the cutting-edge biomedical research industry and keeping America competitive in biomedical science. More than 80 percent of NIH’s budget supports over 350,000 scientist and research personnel, as well as the acquisition of goods and services from every state. An increase in funding would lead to greater job growth.”

Acknowledging “the unprecedented budgetary constraints faced by the Appropriations Committee,” the letter concludes, “In light of the difficult decisions ahead, we want to stress the importance of NIH as a job creator, a driver of economic growth, and a vital tool in curbing our nation’s soaring healthcare costs.”

The lawmakers’ funding recommendation mirrors that of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research.  The AAMC is a member of the Ad Hoc Group’s Steering Committee.


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559

Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525


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