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House and Senate Letters Support NIH Funding
April 11, 2014—A total of 186 House members, including 23 Republicans, signed an April 4 letter supporting increased funding for NIH in fiscal year (FY) 2015. The letter, organized by Reps. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Andre Carson (D-Ind.), and Peter King (R-N.Y.), requests that NIH receive “at least $32 billion” in FY 2015.
The House letter, which was sent to the chairs and ranking members of both the full House Appropriations Committee and its Labor-HHS subcommittee, notes the critical role NIH plays “in better health outcomes, job creation, education, and economic growth.”
A total of 57 senators, including 11 Republicans, signed an April 3 letter requesting the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Labor-HHS subcommittee “maintain a strong commitment” to funding for NIH.
The Senate letter, organized by Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), does not mention a specific funding level for NIH but urges appropriators “to consider the tremendous benefits of a sustained investment in the NIH.”
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