ADA Diabetes Advocacy update
May 1, 1998
134 Members of Congress signed the diabetes letter to Congressman John Porter (list of signers at end of message)! The letter urges him to make finding a cure for diabetes a national priority.
Thank you to everyone who convinced their Congressman to sign the letter. Your advocacy is the reason why so many signed it.
As you know, Congressman Porter is Chair of the Committee in Congress that decides how much the government will spend on diabetes research. This letter will help persuade him to provide a big increase for diabetes research in 1999.
The American Diabetes Association is demanding that Congress provide $545 million for diabetes research in 1999. This is the amount diabetes would receive if it had grown at the same rate as the NIH budget between 1987-97.
You will recall that during this ten year span, the government's medical research budget (NIH) grew 100% while the diabetes research budget grew just 35%. We need to make up this shortfall that occurred when the diabetes community was silent.
ADA is also recommending to Congress and to NIH that the diabetes research budget should increase to $1 billion a year in the next 3 or 4 years.
By working with ADA, we can convince Congress to make a cure for diabetes a national priority. Many thanks, again, for your help in convincing your Congressman to sign the letter to Congressman Porter.
Next week, I'll tell you about what else ADA has been doing to convince Congressman Porter to make diabetes a national priority. As always, please feel free to contact me at any time.
As always, please email your comments, questions and concerns to me. Many thanks for your continued support.
National Director of Advocacy
American Diabetes Association
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Here are the 134 members of Congress who signed the letter to Congressman Porter. Is your Congressman on the list? Why not?
Emerson, Jo Ann
Sabo, Marin Olav
Schiff, Steve (deceased)
Posted 3 May 1998
Last Updated: Thursday August 29, 2002 20:59:48
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