JDF Washington Report
Volume II, No. 17
July 23, 1999
Appropriations Bills Delayed; JDF Volunteers Being HeardIn Washington Report #15 we told you that House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees were on the verge of considering the yearly appropriations bills that include funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and diabetes research, and we asked you to contact your Members of Congress. Both the House and Senate Subcommittees have delayed markup of these bills, possibly until September.
At the time of our alert, rumors were circulating around the Capitol that due to the budget caps, most programs in the House version of the legislation, including medical research supported by the NIH, would receive little or no increase in funding. Your calls helped make Congress reassess the situation and put the bills on hold as they seek additional ways to ease the budgetary pressures they are facing. Published reports this week have stated that leaders in the House of Representative are hoping to improve the bill so that it provides NIH with an 8-percent or 9-percent increase in funding. While this is short of our goal (15% which would be consistent with the doubling effort over five years), this funding level would be a dramatic improvement over what we were facing as recently as two weeks ago.
Your calls and letters are making the difference! We will continue to update you, as news becomes available. For information about JDF policy issues or back issues of the Washington Report, go to http://www.jdfcure.org/govt_rel.htm. For further information about the appropriations process in general, go to http://www.house.gov/appropriations/fact.htm. Keep up the great work!
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW #500
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-JDF-1VOTE ex. 5 (800-533-1868)
Posted 30 July 1999
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