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JDF Washington Report
Vol. II, No. 3, February 3, 1999

President's Budget Request Released; Calls for Limited NIH Growth

On February 1, the Clinton Administration released its FY2000 budget request. The budget request calls for a very disappointing 2-percent increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The budget request is not binding on Congress, but it is the first major step in the year-long budget and appropriations process.

The President's budget request asks for an additional $320 million for NIH in FY2000, and seeks a total NIH budget of $15.9 billion. By comparison, JDF advocates last year helped secure a historic 15-percent increase (+$2 billion) in NIH funding and a 19-percent increase (+$70 million) in diabetes research.

Although the budget request is low, the Administration's budget request does continue to include diabetes at or near the top of the list of examples of diseases that will be supported by NIH research.

The low budget request for NIH means that all JDF volunteers will need to work extra hard this year to keep us on track to substantially increase research funding to find a cure as quickly as possible.

JDF will continue to work with biomedical research champions in Congressled by Senator Arlen Specter (R- PA) and Rep. John Porter (R-IL)and the Congressional Diabetes Caucusled by Rep. George Nethercutt (R-WA) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)to secure the second straight year for a 15-percent increase in overall NIH funding. If this occurs, it will keep us on track to meet our goal to double overall NIH funding over a five-year period.

In addition, and most importantly, JDF will continue to advocate for substantial increases in NIH-supported diabetes research so that every diabetes research opportunity can be fully explored.

We will provide status updates on the budget process and keep you aware of the latest budget news from Washington, DC. In the meantime, be sure to take advantage of every opportunity to meet with Members of Congress in your home district about diabetes and the need for a cure.

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

Posted 6 February 1999

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