JDF Washington Report
Volume II, No. 19
August 5, 1999
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Spending Bill Postponed until SeptemberCongress plans to recess for the month of August tomorrow, August 6, returning to Washington on September 8. Both Houses have spent long hours debating many of the thirteen spending bills that must be completed by September 30, 1999. One of the bills, however, put on hold until after recess is the Labor, HHS and Education appropriations bill that includes, among many measures, funding for the NIH. JDF will continue to work to secure the largest possible funding increase for NIH and to speed the implementation of the Diabetes Research Working Group Report. Sources say that the House of Representatives' bill is projecting an NIH spending increase of around 9% which is encouraging considering funding for many of the programs in this bill are staying at last year's levels or are being cut. The Senate version of the bill is said to support a $2 billion increase for NIH. This amount would be an almost 13% increase over last year; close to JDF's request of a 15% increase and consistent with the bipartisan, bicameral movement to double the NIH budget by 2003.
Watch for a JDF Action ALERT in your mailbox that will ask you to write to your Members of Congress about NIH and diabetes research funding. Do we have your postal address? If not, please respond to this email with your name, address, phone and fax so we can be sure you are on our mailing list for future ALERTS and newsletters.
JDF Joins Forces to Support Stem Cell Research on Capitol HillStem cell research (see http://www.jdf.org/advocacy/wr218.html) will most certainly be debated later this fall. JDF has been instrumental in the research community's efforts to support federal funding for stem cell research. JDF joined a coalition of patient groups and professional societies in signing a letter in support of stem cell research to House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Please visit http://www.aamc.org/advocacy/corres/research/stmcell2.htm to read the letter and to view the organizations that joined JDF and signed the letter in support of this vital research.
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - Government Relations
1400 I Street, NW #500
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-JDF-1VOTE ex. 5 (800-533-1868)
Posted 8 August 1999
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