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House Members Express Bipartisan Support for NIH

January 4, 2013—A total of 60 members of Congress signed a Dec. 21 letter  to the House and Senate leadership expressing support for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The bipartisan letter, organized by Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), states, “As Congress debates the issues surrounding deficit reduction, we urge you to support a thoughtful, balanced approach, taking into account the critical importance of” NIH.

“While we recognize addressing the deficit requires difficult decisions,” the letter states, “we must keep in mind the impact that federal investments in biomedical research have on creating jobs, saving lives, reducing health care costs, and strengthening the nation.”

The letter notes, “After a decade of flat funding, the NIH budget is about 20 percent lower than it was in 2003,” and warns of the impact of another 8 percent reduction through sequestration, stating, “These haphazard cuts threaten the health of sick patients—along with the health of our nation.”


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


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