Urge your US Representative to Sign onto the Markey/McKinley “Dear Colleague Letter” to Reverse Sequestration Cuts to NIH for FY2014

Posted: March 26, 2013 in Events, Funding, Jobs

Funding levels for the remainder of FY2013 have been set (see this recent AAAS article that details the effects the FY2013 appropriations bill will have on research funding levels – for example, NIH will be funded 4.8% less than FY2012).

Both the US Senate and House of Representatives have also just passed individual, non-binding FY2014 Budget Resolutions which vary greatly in both their approach to deficit reduction and their support for science funding. Now, Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and David McKinley (R-WV) are circulating a “Dear Colleague Letter” calling for an increase in NIH funding for FY2014 to $32 billion.

The letter begins:

As Members of Congress who value the critical role played by the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) in better health outcomes, job creation, and economic growth, we
respectfully request that the NIH receives at least $32 billion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.
We feel this amount is the minimum level of funding needed to reflect the rising costs
associated with biomedical research and to help mitigate the impacts of sequestration. At
a time of unprecedented scientific opportunity, it is critical that the United States make
forward-thinking investments that promote medical breakthroughs as well as our
international leadership in biomedical research.

See below for various ways (draft letters are provided or you can make a personal call or email) that you can contact your elected US Representative to urge them to sign on to this letter.


Action Alert from the Society for Neuroscience:

Ask Congress to reverse sequestration cuts to NIH and reaffirm the United States’ national commitment to investment in biomedical research. Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and David McKinley (R-WV) are circulating a bipartisan letter urging House appropriators to support a funding level of at least $32 billion for NIH in FY2014. NIH is currently funded at $30.7 billion, and will lose $1.55 billion more under sequestration, dramatically undercutting the United States’ national research enterprise.

Contact your U.S. Representative TODAY to ask them to sign on to the Markey-McKinley letter and make the case for a strong research funding level for NIH in FY2014.

Similar Action Alerts are also circulating from the Coalition for Life Sciences and Research!America.



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