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House Democrats Call for Restoration of NIH Budget

November 14, 2014—A total of 114 House Democrats sent a Nov. 10 letter  to congressional leadership urging “to work with your colleagues in the Senate to fully restore NIH funding to at least the agency’s pre-sequestration level, adjusted for inflation, to maintain America’s role as a global leader in biomedical research and ground-breaking medical discoveries.”

The letter, organized by Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), was sent to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

The letter notes, “By failing to at least hold NIH funding constant with other rising costs, Congress has allowed the agency’s purchasing power to diminish by more than 20 percent since 2003…. As the growth in other countries’ investments in medical research continues to far outpace those made here in the U.S., it is more critical than ever that we act to reverse this trend.”

The letter further states, “If we are serious about breaking new ground in our understanding of complex diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer, and if we hope to accelerate the speed with which new cures, treatments and vaccines are developed – goals that are supported by Congressional leaders of both parties – then it’s absolutely essential that we increase funding for medical research at NIH…. [N]ow is the time to invest in our nation’s long-term health and prosperity.”


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


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