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House Members Express Support for NIH

April 26, 2013—Stressing “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,” a total of 168 Members of the House of Representatives sent an April 22 letter  to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee requesting “at least $32 billion” for the agency in FY 2014.

The bipartisan letter, organized by Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.), states, “As Members of Congress who value the critical role played by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in better health outcomes, job creation, and economic growth,… [w]e feel this amount is the minimum level of funding needed to reflect the rising costs associated with biomedical research and to help mitigate the impacts of sequestration. At a time of unprecedented scientific opportunity, it is critical that the United States make forward-thinking investments that promote medical breakthroughs as well as our international leadership in biomedical research.”

The letter, which  was sent to the chairs and ranking members of both the full Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education, also cautions, “With the anemic funding biomedical researchers face today, we run the real risk of mentors leaving without being replaced and aspiring scientists being forced into other careers.”


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


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