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AAMC Urges Congress to Restore NIH Cuts

October 10, 2014— The AAMC Oct. 6 sent a letter  calling on Congress “to finish the job and enact omnibus spending legislation for FY 2015 that restores NIH funding to pre-sequestration levels.” 

The letter expresses disappointment with “the breakdown of regular order in this year’s appropriations process and the need once again to enact a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to continue funding for medical research.”  The AAMC urges Congress “to make fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations legislation a priority in the lame duck session and to work in bipartisan fashion to enact final, omnibus spending legislation before the end of the calendar year.”  

Noting “it has been three years since the House has even introduced a Labor-HHS spending bill," the letter states, “Only through thoughtful and transparent consideration of appropriations bills can lawmakers ensure we address our nation’s health challenges.”

The letter also voices concern that important emergency funding added to the CR has been offset by an across-the-board-cut, stating, “While relatively small, this cut compounds the impact of deep cuts already taken since 2010 due to federal austerity measures, including sequestration.”

“The NIH budget has failed to keep pace with inflation for the past decade, declining by more than 22 percent since 2003 after adjusting for inflation,” the AAMC notes, adding, “An omnibus bill with a Labor-HHS appropriation restoring NIH to pre-sequester funding levels would mark an important step toward a more sustainable, predictable research environment for scientists, patients, and their families.”

Contact:

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

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