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May 15, 1998

House and Senate Committees Nearing Action on Diabetes Research Funding Bills

What You Can Do To Increase Federal Funding For Diabetes Research

Within the next few weeks, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee will make initial decisions on how much funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) will receive in this year's appropriations bill. The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee could consider the same legislation shortly thereafter.

Now is the time for you to write to your House member and U.S. Senators to urge them to provide increased funding for NIH, NIDDK, and diabetes research (see below for details).

What to Write to Members of Congress

  1. Tell your personal story about how diabetes affects you or a family member. Explain that only through research will we find a cure.

  2. Explain why an investment in diabetes research makes good economic sense as well; one in four Medicare dollars and one in seven health care dollars are attributable to individuals with diabetes.

  3. Ask for the following levels of funding in the appropriations bill for diabetes research, NIDDK, and NIH overall:

    • Substantial increases in overall diabetes research across the NIH to reinforce the national commitment to find a cure for diabetes. This would both make up for past funding discrepancies and capitalize on emerging diabetes research opportunities.

    • 15-percent increase for NIDDK to give the institute the resources to significantly expand its diabetes research portfolio; such an increase would bring the total funding level for the institute to $1 billion in fiscal year 1999. 15-percent increase for NIH, bringing the total funding level for NIH to $15.8 billion in fiscal year 1999. This is the first step toward the bipartisan goal of doubling NIH funding over five years.

  4. This increased level of funding would support the extraordinary scientific opportunities in diabetes research, especially in research that can have immediate as well as a long-term impact on the lives of individuals with diabetes.

Letters for Representatives should be sent to:

The Honorable (Representative's Full Name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative (Representative's Last Name):

Letters for Senators should be sent to:

The Honorable (Senator's Full Name)
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator (Senator's Last Name):

In addition, please send blind copies of your letters to:

JDF Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
Fax: 202-371-2760 or email:

If you have any questions or need help identifying your Member of Congress, please contact Jane Adams, JDF Associate Director of Public Affairs at 1-800-JDF-1VOTE.

Thank you for acting on this legislative alert today. Together we can make a difference and find a cure for diabetes.

JDFI Public Affairs
1400 I Street, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

Posted 17 May 1998

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