July 7, 2016 – The following statement may be attributed to Pat White, president, ACT for NIH:
“ACT for NIH thanks the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee and Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) for approving a $1.25 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in FY 2017.
“Earlier this year, Chairman Cole assured the NIH community that last year’s historic $2 billion increase, the largest increase for NIH since 2003, was not a one-time effort, and he proved that today. This Labor-HHS mark builds on last year’s investment and affirms the subcommittee’s commitment to restore funding for NIH and life-saving biomedical research.
“ACT for NIH also thanks Subcommittee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for expressing her support for NIH funding.
“A month ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $2 billion increase for NIH in FY 2017, matching last year’s increase. ACT for NIH urges Congress to provide at least that amount in the final FY 2017 Labor-HHS appropriations bill.”
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ACT for NIH: Advancing Cures Today is a non-partisan effort committed to advancing biomedical research in the United States. Our goal is simple: we seek the immediate restoration of funding for NIH followed by steady, predictable path for future investment in lifesaving research for patients around the world. Learn more about our work and advocacy priorities at actfornih.org and by following us on Twitter: @ACTforNIH.