Posts Tagged ‘David Obey’

Research!America Co-Sponsors Hill Event for Rep. Obey

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Rep. David Obey (D-WI) was honored with an event on Capitol Hill on Monday.

Obey, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced in May that he would not seek re-election.

The event included appearances by several Members of Congress, including the man who becomes Wisconsin’s longest-tenured House member, Republican Tom Petri. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Carolyn “Biddy” Martin spoke at the event, along with Obey. Others in attendance included congressional staffers, government relations staffers and representatives from advocacy groups, including Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley.

Obey has been a key proponent of research during his tenure in the House.

The main sponsors of the event were the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and Association of American Medical Colleges and the Science Coalition.

UMR Releases Statement on House Appropriations Subcommittee Markup

Friday, July 16th, 2010

United for Medical Research, a coalition of groups that includes Research!America, released a statement Friday that commended Rep. David Obey (D-WI) and a House Appropriations Subcommittee’s approval of a $32 billion FY 2011 budget for the National Institutes of Health.

The statement is from Gregory T. Lucier, UMR spokesperson and chairman and CEO of Life Technologies, Inc.

On behalf of United for Medical Research (UMR), a coalition of leading research institutions, patient and health advocates and private industry, I applaud Chairman Obey and the House Appropriations Subcommittee for their approval of $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) FY2011 budget. Today’s markup provides a significant step forward toward increased investment in life-saving and economy-boosting medical research funding.

NIH funds are not just a vital tool in our pursuit to reduce the burden of disease and its associated health care costs, but also yield essential dividends in our states and communities – from job creation and industry growth to better quality of life for millions of patients and families.

On behalf of UMR, I commend Chairman Obey’s leadership and the appropriations subcommittee action and urge Congress to continue moving forward and secure a significant funding increase for the NIH.

President Barack Obama had requested a $32 billion budget for NIH.

NatureNews: Changes in Congress Cloud Prospects for Funding

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

In yesterday’s NatureNews, the online version of the journal Nature, Research!America President Mary Woolley shares her thoughts on the future of medical research advocacy once Congressional champions including Rep. David Obey (D-WI) and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) leave Congress at the end of this term.

Specter’s loss “is made even more important by Congressman Obey’s retirement and the loss of Senator Kennedy”, says Mary Woolley, president of Research!America, a medical-research advocacy group in Alexandria, Virginia. “We have a significant challenge ahead of us.”

“The science community is hearing a warning from members of Congress who have been our champions and are retiring or were defeated — that it is not stepping up to the plate, it’s not being heard at home in their districts or their states,” she says.

Read Meredith Wadman’s entire article online.

May-June President’s Message

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The announced retirements of House Appropriations Chair David Obey and other leaders in Congress and the number of closely contested primaries nationwide make this an extremely important election year for research advocates to make an impact. Next year, many new members of Congress will be voting on our issues for the first time. If they haven’t already heard the case for research and felt the constituent force behind it, we will find it hard to have much influence. Thus Your Candidates-Your Health, the voter education initiative we produce each election year with many of our members, is all the more important. This award-winning initiative, which makes it possible to compare how candidates answer questions we have also asked the public, will be launched mid-summer.

We have seen in very recent poll results that Americans are eager for the strengthened partnership recently announced between the NIH and the FDA that will speed discovery to patients. We also see continued support for public-private partnerships and research as a solution to controlling health care costs. The public understands the link between research, innovation and a strong economy. And the public isn’t standing on the sidelines; Ohioans recently voted by a 62% margin to pass a bond issue to drive research and technology. In addition, the public is increasingly effective as advocates-for their health, their loved ones’ health and for research, the future of health. This was my theme in my May 15 commencement address to the graduates of the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy.

Appropriations Blues

Monday, May 10th, 2010

A special musical performance by Chairman David Obey (D-WI) and NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, was a highlight of the 2010 Advocacy Awards Dinner, in the spirit of the “Rock Stars of Science.”

Research!America Quoted on Obey Retirement

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

The Scientist magazine news blog quoted Mary Woolley, Research!America president, on May 5th, on Congressman David Obey’s announcement about his upcoming retirement. Woolley said:

“U.S. Representative David Obey (D-WI) has been a driving force behind strengthening federal investments in medical research during his 21 terms in Congress. When he retires in December, we will lose one of our truly great champions for research in the Congress.”

The blog post is available with free registration at

Dr. Collins’ FY 2011 Testimony in the House

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

On April 28, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and (LHHS) Subcommittee on his agency’s fiscal 2011 budget. He said:

“Science is not a 100-yard dash. It is a marathon—a marathon run by a relay team that includes researchers, patients, industry experts, lawmakers and the public.”

“Today, HIV-infected people in their 20s who receive combination therapy may expect to live to age 70 or beyond.”

He asked LHHS Subcommittee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) to consider the importance of NIH research funding as the House of Representatives deliberates FY 2011 appropriations funding.

His entire testimony is available here:

The Hill: Obey Jams on the Harmonica

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

obey-collinsThe Hill’s Washington Scene continued its coverage of Research!America’s 14th Annual Advocacy Awards dinner with an article today about Rep. David Obey’s performance with NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD.

Obey took to the stage with National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins for a jamming version of the classic blues tune “Summertime in the City.” Collins handled the guitar and vocals. Obey rocked the harmonica, event taking a few sweet and soulfoul solos.

Read the entire article on The Hill’s Web site.

The Hill Washington Scene Coverage of Research!America’s 14th Annual Advocacy Awards

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The Washington Scene section of The Hill newspaper includes an article about Research!America’s 14th Annual Advocacy Awards. The article talks about the performance of Rep. David Obey and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and describes the event and the sponsors. Along with the article are eleven great pictures that capture Research!America President Mary Woolley and many of the highly esteemed guests that attended our event.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. David Obey (D-Wisc.) was the star of Research!America’s 14th Annual Advocacy Awards on Tuesday night at the Mellon Auditorium. But it wasn’t just for Obey’s work promoting health research.

The lawmaker was also the evening’s headlining entertainment. Obey took to the stage with National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins for a jamming version of the classic blues tune “Summertime in the City.” Collins handled the guitar and vocals. Obey rocked the harmonica. The words were re-written to highlight Obey’s powerful position as a congressional appropriator, and how the NIH and other researchers appeal to him for support.

Obey’s musical talents were a surprise to many in the audience, but not to his wife, Joan, who joined him for the evening. For Mrs. Obey, it was just another night of tunes, as she told a guest during the cocktail hour, Obey has a long set list of rock and roll songs he can do on the harmonica.

Read the entire article and view the pictures on The Hill’s Web site.

Support $2 Billion Increase for CDC in FY 2010

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Contact Your Representative

Representatives Jim McGovern (MA), Kay Granger (TX) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA), the bipartisan Co-chairs of the Congressional Study Group on Public Health, are inviting their colleagues in Congress to join them on a letter in support of increasing the CDC’s core program budget to $8.6 billion in FY 2010. Please visit the Campaign for Public Health’s Web site to contact your Representative and urge him or her to sign on to the letter.

The letter to Labor Health and Human Services and Education Chairman David Obey (WI) and Ranking Member Todd Tiahrt (KS) (PDF) asks the Committee for a $2 billion increase in CDC’s core program funding – from today’s $6.6 billion to $8.6 billion in FY 2010. The deadline to sign the letter is April 3, so take action today!