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UMR Praises Funding for NIH in House Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

May 9, 2019

This statement can be attributed to United for Medical Research President Alex Currie:

“We are extremely pleased to see continued strong bipartisan support for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and are grateful to Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Tom Cole, Nita Lowey and Kay Granger for their leadership and for ensuring that funding for medical research remains a critical national priority.

“The investments our nation makes in research today will yield knowledge, treatments and cures for decades to come. To understand this return on investment, just look at the success of HIV treatments, cancer immunotherapies, and entire new areas of medicine resulting from the mapping of the human genome. We also know that these investments – funding researchers in every part of the country – have the immediate effect of supporting jobs and spurring economic activity – 433,000 jobs and $74 billion in economic activity nationwide last year.

“UMR recognizes that making such an investment in NIH this year requires a new budget agreement to raise the sequestration caps and avert steep cuts in non-defense discretionary funding. We urge Congress to move forward with an agreement, enabling investments in medical research and other critical areas.”

United for Medical Research is a coalition of leading scientific research institutions and industries, and patient and health advocates that have joined together to seek steady increases in funding for the National Institutes of Health. Learn more at www.unitedformedicalresearch.com. For examples of the amazing things that NIH research is making possible, visit www.amazingthingspodcast.com.