JDF Legislative Alert: Status of NIH Funding
May 23, 1996
Call or Write Your Representative Regarding NIH FundingStatus of NIH Funding
The Fiscal Year (FY) 1997 budget resolutions were approved by both the House and Senate Budget Committees on May 9th. Both versions freeze the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding at the FY 1996 level through the year 2002. While this is clearly not a satisfactory result, it is important to remember that the assumptions used by the Budget Committees are not binding on the Appropriations Committees. In addition, we are starting off in a much better position than last year.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education is expected to begin working on the FY 97 Appropriations bill on June 6th. If your Representative sits on the House Appropriations Committee (below, is a list of Members who sit on the House Appropriations Committee), it is critical that you contact him/her by June 5th, urging them to appropriate, at a minimum, an:
- 8 percent increase for the NIH or $12.9 billion in total funding.
- 8 percent increase for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) or $830.7 million in total funding.
- 8 percent increase for diabetes and diabetes related research throughout the NIH.
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.
- Cuts to the NIH would mean that the research engine that drives the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and many other high-tech industries will be dramatically downsized, threatening America's world leadership in these important areas which account for hundreds of thousands of jobs.
- Much of the medical research currently funded through the NIH would not be conducted if federal funding is reduced. Private industry would find this research too risky an enterprise since there are no assurances that it will produce a marketable product or procedure.
When writing to your Representative it is proper to address them as:
The Honorable John Doe
U.S. House of Representatives
Room Number from below begining with CHOB, LHOB, or RHOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Representative Doe:
or Congressman/Woman Doe:
When writing to the Chair of a Committee it is proper to address them as:
Dear Mr. Chairman or Madam Chairwoman:
If you have any questions, or need any additional information, please contact Eric Schutt in the JDF Government Relations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 (800) JDF-1VOTE.
House Appropriations Committee Members listed by State and DistrictName State District Address Callahan, Sonny AL 1 RHOB 2418 Bevill, Tom AL 4 RHOB 2302 Kolbe, Jim AZ 5 CHOB 205 Thornton, Ray AR 2 LHOB 1214 Dickey, Jay AR 4 CHOB 230 Riggs, Frank D. CA 1 LHOB 1714 Fazio, Vic CA 3 RHOB 2113 Pelosi, Nancy CA 8 RHOB 2457 Dixon, Julian C. CA 32 RHOB 2252 Torres, Esteban Edward CA 34 RHOB 2368 Lewis, Jerry CA 40 RHOB 2112 Packard, Ron CA 48 RHOB 2162 Skaggs, David E. CO 2 LHOB 1124 Young, C.W. FL 10 RHOB 2407 Miller, Dan FL 13 CHOB 117 Kingston, Jack GA 1 LHOB 1507 Yates, Sidney R. IL 9 RHOB 2109 Porter, John Edward IL 10 RHOB 2373 Durbin, Richard J. IL 20 RHOB 2463 Visclosky, Peter J. IN 1 RHOB 2464 Myers, John T. IN 7 RHOB 2372 Lightfoot, Jim IA 3 RHOB 2161 Rogers, Harold KY 5 RHOB 2468 Livingston, Bob LA 1 RHOB 2406 Hoyer, Steny H. MD 5 LHOB 1705 Knollenberg, Joseph MI 11 LHOB 1221 Sabo, Martin Olav MN 5 RHOB 2336 Wicker, Roger F. MS 1 CHOB 206 Parker, Mike MS 4 RHOB 2445 Vucanovich, Barbara F. NV 2 RHOB 2202 Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. NJ 11 CHOB 514 Skeen, Joe NM 2 RHOB 2367 Forbes, Michael P. NY 1 CHOB 502 Serrano, Jose NY 16 RHOB 2342 Lowey, Nita M. NY 18 RHOB 2421 Walsh, James T. NY 25 LHOB 1330 Hefner, W.G. NC 8 RHOB 2470 Taylor, Charles H. NC 11 CHOB 231 Hobson, David L. OH 7 LHOB 1514 Kaptur, Marcy OH 9 RHOB 2104 Stokes, Louis OH 11 RHOB 2365 Regula, Ralph OH 16 RHOB 2309 Istook, Ernest OK 5 CHOB 119 Bunn, Jim OR 5 LHOB 1517 Foglietta, Thomas M. PA 1 CHOB 341 McDade, Joseph M. PA 10 RHOB 2107 Murtha, John P. PA 12 RHOB 2423 Chapman, Jim TX 1 RHOB 2417 Wilson, Charles TX 2 RHOB 2256 Coleman, Ronald D. TX 16 RHOB 2312 DeLay, Tom TX 22 CHOB 203 Bonilla, Henry TX 23 LHOB 1427 Wolf, Frank R. VA 10 CHOB 241 Nethercutt, George R. WA 5 LHOB 1527 Dicks, Norman D. WA 6 RHOB 2467 Mollohan, Alan B. WV 1 RHOB 2427 Neumann, Mark WI 1 LHOB 1725 Obey, David R. WI 7 RHOB 2462
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