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JDF Washington Report for June 24, 1998

House Subcommittee Provides Substantial Funding Increase for Medical Research

The House, Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday approved an appropriations bill that provides a 9.1-percent increase for the NIH (National Institutes of Health) over last year's level, bringing the total funding level to $14.8 billion. The bill also increases funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) by 9 percent, bringing the total funding level to $951 million. These proposed funding levels, if sustained, would mark the largest dollar increase in the history of NIH, and one of the largest percentage increases in recent memory. In this same legislation, many other programs were terminated or given no increased funding due to budget constraints.

The Subcommittee clearly responded to all of your calls and letters on behalf of JDF, and it made medical research a top priority. In addition, the Subcommittee increased the proportion of the overall NIH budget that goes towards NIDDK above the level requested in the President's budget proposal. Remember that the President's budget request already proposed that diabetes should be the disease area with the largest increase in funding. This happened because of one thing: our collective advocacy work.

It is important to note, however, that these funding levels will likely change over the next few months until a final bill is approved in the fall. During that time, we must keep up our efforts and continue to work toward our goal of a 15-percent increase for both the NIH and NIDDK.

We will continue to use our new Washington Report emails and the JDF WWW site ( to keep you updated as the appropriations process moves forward this summer. Thank you for your continued diligence in writing letters, meeting with Members of Congress, and making the case to find a cure. Working together we will do it. You are making a difference!

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

Posted 28 June 1998

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