JDF Government Relations Legislative Alert
Contact Your Representative and/or Senator Regarding NIH Funding
June 25, 1997
If your U.S. Representative or one of your U.S. Senators is a member of the House Appropriations or Senate Appropriations Committee, you need to respond to this JDF Legislative Alert immediately. If your Representative/Senator is not a member of one of these Committees, you do not need to respond today. However, keep checking back to this site for future Alerts.
STATUS OF NIH FUNDING:
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education is scheduled to mark-up their version of the Fiscal Year 1998 Labor, HHS and Education appropriations bill, which provides funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), on July 8th. The corresponding Senate Subcommittee is scheduled to mark-up their version of the bill sometime in mid to late July. Following each respective Subcommittees' mark-up, the bill is expected to be immediately marked-up by the full House and Senate Appropriations Committees.
This means it is critical for you to contact your Representative and/or Senator, who sits on the House or Senate Appropriations Committee, by July 7th, urging them to appropriate, at a minimum:
- 9 percent increase for the NIH or $13.89 billion in total funding.
- 12 percent increase for NIDDK, or $913.9 million in total funding.
Some points to include in your letter:
- Your personal story.
- To seriously contain federal spending on health care, including Medicare and Medicaid, the federal investment in medical research must be maintained. There is ample evidence that an investment in medical research yields substantial savings in treatment costs. Research which leads to a cure for and prevention of diseases such as diabetes can potentially save the federal government and society billions in health care costs - $138 billion per year for diabetes alone.
- This level of funding is needed to sustain growth for investigator-initiated research; maintain support for both existing and new research centers and clinical trials; and to provide necessary funding for trans-NIH special initiatives.
- A 9 percent increase for NIH represents Dr. Harold Varmus', Director of the NIH, FY '98 "professional judgement budget" proposal.
Letters for Senators should be sent to:
The Honorable (Senator's Full Name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator (Senator's Last Name):
Letters for Representatives should be sent to:
The Honorable (Representative's Full Name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative (Representative's Last Name):
In addition, please send a blind copy of all correspondence to:
JDF Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: (202) 371-2760 or e-mail your letter to: Eschutt@jdfcure.com.
If you have any questions related to this alert, please contact Eric Schutt at Eschutt@jdfcure.com or at 1-800-JDF-1VOTE.
House and Senate Members of Appropriations Committees
By Party, State and District
Senate Democrat Republican Dale Bumpers-AR
Barbara A. Mikulski-MD
Byron L. Dorgan-ND
Frank R. Lautenberg-NJ
Ernest F. Hollings-SC
Patrick J. Leahy-VT
Herbert H. Kohl-WI
Robert C. Byrd-WV
Richard C. Shelby-AL
Ben Nighthorse Campbell-CO
Christopher S. Bond-MO
Pete V. Domenici-NM
Kay Bailey Hutchison-TX
Robert F. Bennett-UT
House Democrat Republican Ed Pastor-AZ02
Julian C. Dixon-CA32
Esteban Edward Torres-CA34
David E. Skaggs-CO02
Sidney R. Yates-IL09
Peter J. Visclosky-IN01
Steny H. Hoyer-MD05
Martin Olav Sabo-MN05
David E. Price-NC04
Nita M. Lowey-NY18
Thomas M. Foglietta-PA01
John P. Murtha-PA12
James P. Moran-VA08
Norman D. Dicks-WA06
David R. Obey-WI07
Alan B. Mollohan-WV01
John Edward Porter-IL10
Anne Meagher Northup-KY03
Roger F. Wicker-MS01
Charles H. Taylor-NC11
Rodney P. Frelinghuysen-NJ11
Michael P. Forbes-NY01
James T. Walsh-NY25
David L. Hobson-OH07
Joseph M. McDade-PA10
Zachary P. Wamp-TN03
Frank R. Wolf-VA10
George R. Nethercutt Jr.-WA05
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