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Senators Support NIH

May 3, 2013—A bipartisan group of 52 senators sent  an April 26 letter requesting the Senate Appropriations Committee “maintain a strong commitment to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)” when working on the FY 2014 spending bills.

The letter, organized by Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), states, “If we are to improve the health of Americans and the quality of their lives, we must continue to invest in areas like biomedical research that have the potential to save money in the future, improve the lives of Americans, and offer an economic return for the country.”

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 notes, “Unfortunately, America is losing ground as the world leader in research and development and researchers are struggling to secure funding.  As NIH grants get more competitive, researchers can easily spend half their careers working before receiving a research grant, resulting in promising, talented young researchers being discouraged from the field of biomedical research and some investigators deciding to abandon scientific research altogether or to conduct their research outside the United States.”


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


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