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Senator Warren Calls for Doubling NIH Funding

October 31, 2013—In remarks to the Boston Chamber of Commerce Oct. 28, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on Congress to double funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and stressed the importance of supporting innovation and basic scientific research.

"What drives the Massachusetts economy — and the American economy — is innovation," said Senator Warren. "Innovation makes us soar. And government-supported research is a critical first step in generating that innovation."

The senator warned, “We are running out of time. If we continue on our current path, we will soon lose a whole generation of young scientists — lose them to other countries, or lose them to science altogether.” She added, “I feel the urgency of this moment. We need solutions and we need them now.”

"I am reaching out to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build support for a renewed commitment to innovation,” said the senator. “We need two things: to double our investment in scientific and biomedical research — and to create more year-to-year certainty for that funding.”

Senator Warren said, "I know some will say that we cannot afford to double our investments in medical research. They are wrong. Research creates economic growth. It reduces health care costs. It creates a better life for our people….  We cannot afford not to increase our investments in medical research."

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Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559
Email: dbmoore@aamc.org

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