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JDF Legislative Alert: Status of NIH Funding
August 21, 1996

On Friday, July 12th, the House passed H.R. 3755, the FY 1997 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriation bill by a vote of 216 to 209. As we have previously reported, the House approved an increase of roughly $820 million, or 6.9 percent, for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and an increase of $49 million for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). This victory was not without a battle, however. During House floor debate of the bill, Congressman Bill Goodling (R-PA) offered an amendment to transfer $291 million from NIH to various special education programs. Fortunately, this amendment ultimately failed by a non-recorded voice vote thanks to the hard work of JDF volunteers.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education has postponed their previously scheduled mid-July mark-up of H.R. 3755 until after Labor Day. This postponement signals the frightening possibility that funding for the NIH may be included in a long-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that could flat-line all programs at FY '96 levels!

This means it is crucial to generate as many letters as possible to your Congressperson and Senators from your state by September 3rd. When contacting your Congressperson your message should be:

When contacting your U.S. Senators your message should be:

Some additional points to include in your letter:

Addresses:  The Honorable Full Name      The Honorable Full Name
             U.S. Senate                 U.S. House of Representatives
             Washington, D.C.  20510     Washington, D.C.  20515

             Dear Senator Last Name:     Dear Congress(man/woman) Last Name:

Please send a copy of all correspondence to:

JDF Government Relations
1400 I Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005

If you have any questions, or need any additional information, please call Bill Schmidt or Eric Schutt in the JDF Government Relations Department at 1 (800) JDF-1VOTE, or

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