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AAMC, ‘Ad Hoc’ Groups Urge Congress to Restore Cuts to NIH

November 14, 2014—The AAMC joined more than 300 national patient groups, scientific societies, research institutions, healthcare providers, and industry in a Nov. 12 letter  to all Members of Congress supporting a fiscal year (FY) 2015 omnibus spending bill that includes a Labor-HHS-Education appropriation that restores funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to at least pre-sequestration levels.

The letter, organized by the AAMC-convened Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, urges Congress “to work in a bipartisan manner to pass final, omnibus spending legislation before the end of the calendar year.”  

The letter notes, “The breakdown of this year’s appropriations process and the need once again to enact a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to continue funding for medical research creates inefficiencies, and impedes long term planning by NIH and the institutions and scientists it supports throughout the nation…. More concerning, it delays hope to the millions of Americans who look to medical research as the answer to disease and disability.”

The letter also states, “An omnibus spending bill with a Labor-HHS appropriation restoring NIH … would mark an important step toward a more sustainable, predictable research environment for patients and their families, as well as for those working to address disease.  It also would be a step in the right direction to close the innovation deficit.”

Noting that “Members in both chambers and from both parties have expressed enthusiastic endorsements for the life-saving medical research conducted and funded by NIH,” the letter concludes by urging Congress “to finish the job and enact omnibus spending legislation for FY 2015 that restores NIH funding to, at a minimum, pre-sequestration levels.”


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


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