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JDF Washington Report
Vol. I, No. 8, September 15, 1998

Congress Nearing Action on Diabetes Research Funding Bills
Your Immediate Action Needed To Increase Federal Funding For Diabetes Research

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are preparing to make final 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.

Both the House and Senate have responded to your previous letters and phone calls by providing substantial increases for medical research in their respective appropriations bills. WE NEED ONE MORE LETTER-WRITING EFFORT TO ENSURE THAT THE LARGEST POSSIBLE FUNDING INCREASE IS AVAILABLE FOR DIABETES RESEARCH:

Both the House and Senate are considering legislation to substantially increase the NIH and NIDDK. The Senate legislation allocates a 14.7% (additional $2 billion) increase to NIH and a 14% (additional $122 million) increase to NIDDK, while the House legislation provides both agencies with a 9.1% increase ($1.2 billion more for NIH and $79 million more for NIDDK).

We need you to write your Senators and Representative today 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. Tell Senators and Representatives your appreciation that both House and Senate bills include historic increases in medical research in the FY’99 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Bill.

  3. Ask for the following levels of funding in the final FY’99 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Bill:

    • 15-percent increase in overall NIH funding as approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee as the foundation for substantial increases in diabetes research across all NIH institutes.

    • Ensure that NIDDK receives the largest increase among NIH institutes to give the institute the resources to expand significantly its diabetes research portfolio, make up for past funding discrepancies, and capitalize on emerging diabetes research opportunities.

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 copies of your letters to:

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

If you have any questions or need help identifying your Member of Congress, check the JDF WWW site or 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.

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

Posted 15 September 1998

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