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JDF Legislative Alert: Status of NIH Funding
June 24, 1996

Call or Write Your Representative Regarding NIH Funding

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education completed its mark-up of the FY 97 Appropriations bill for the National Institutes of Health on June 14th. We are delighted to report that the Subcommittee approved an increase of $820 million, or 6.9 percent, for NIH and an increase of $49 million for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). After adjusting for funding for the new NIH clinical center, the final increase for NIH's core research programs is 6.5 percent.

The bill is expected to pass out of the House Appropriations Full Committee the week of June 24th, with passage on the House Floor expected the week of July 8th. The bill will then be considered by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education, which expects to mark-up their version of the bill around July 18th.

Accordingly, we must now focus our attention on this Senate Subcommittee, the Senate Appropriations Full Committee, and the entire Senate.

This means it is crucial to generate as many letters, calls and/or faxes as possible to Senators from your state urging them to support an increase equal to that of the House, or more, for NIH funding, and an equal increase for NIDDK. Remember, JDF's recommended funding levels for FY 97 were an:

Senators on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education must be contacted by July 16th. All other Senators should be contacted by July 22nd.

Some points to include in your letter:


The Honorable Name
U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Last Name, or if writing Senator Specter it should be Dear Chairman Specter,

List of Senate Appropriations Labor, HHS, and Education Subcommittee Members who must be contacted by July 16th!

Arlen Specter (R-PA) Chairman
Mark Hatfield (R-OR)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Slade Gorton (R-WA)
Connie Mack (R-FL)
Christoper S. Bond (R-MO)
James Jeffords (R-VT)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Tom Harkin (D-IA) Ranking Member
Robert C. Byrd (D-WV)
Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC)
Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI)
Dale Bumpers (D-AR)
Harry Reid (D-LV)
Herbert Kohl (D-WI)
All other Senators must be contacted by Monday, July 22nd. Please send a copy of all correspondence to:

JDF Government Relations
1400 I Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005

If you have any questions or concerns contact Bill Schmidt or Eric Schutt at 1-800-JDF-1VOTE.

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