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JDF Washington Report
Vol. I, No. 7, September 3, 1998

Senate Subcommittee Approves Historic Increase for Medical Research; Bill Would Set Stage for NIH Doubling Over 5 Years

We are delighted to report to you that your phone calls and letters to Congress over the year have helped convince the Senate Labor/HHS/Education Subcommittee, chaired by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), to approve an appropriations bill that provides an additional $2 billion for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This funding level is equivalent to a 14.7-percent increase over the fiscal year 1998 budget. JDF, through your advocacy efforts, has been requesting this year a 15-percent increase in funding as the first step towards doubling the NIH over five years. Under the bill, the total NIH budget would grow to $15.6 billion. The bill approved by the Subcommittee would also provide an additional $122 milliona 14-percent increasefor the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) within the NIH, bringing the total NIDDK budget to nearly $1 billion. NIDDK supports approximately two-thirds of NIH’s diabetes research portfolio. The final budget for NIH and NIDDK will be approved within the next month. You will soon receive a legislative alert from our office with instructions on writing to your Members of Congress so that we can enact the largest possible increases for both NIH and NIDDK to help us achieve our ultimate goal: substantial growth in NIH-supported diabetes research so that we can finally find a cure.

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW #500
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-JDF-1VOTE ex. 5 (800-533-1868)
www.jdfcure.org
mthreatt@jdfcure.org

Posted 8 September 1998



                 
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