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Community Resources and Information on Sequestration

What Congress is Saying About Sequestration

  • Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, Oct. 9 circulated a "dear colleague" letter alerting Congress to the impact of sequestration on a range of federal programs, including the NIH. Rep. Dicks said, "under sequestration, about 2,400 fewer research project grants would be made to universities and institutes throughout the country for research into causes and treatments of diseases like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and epilepsy."

  • Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent a June 7 letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressing concern about sequestration and asking for a detailed account of how the cuts will be applied and the impact they will have on areas such as medical research. In a June 29 response, Ellen Murray, Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources at HHS, said NIH "could potentially eliminate 2,300 new and competing research project grants."

  • Sen. Harkin (D-Iowa) released a July 25 report, "Under Threat: Sequestration's Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services," which includes data on the jobs and economic growth tied to NIH funded-research as well as details of the cuts to individual institutes and centers.



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For more information contact The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, 202.828.0525