Mary Woolley Weekly Advocacy Messages

I have exciting news! Joe Biden, the 47th Vice President of the United States, will join us at our 21st Annual Advocacy Awards Dinner on March 15 to receive the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award.

Budget conversations are back to the fore. President Trump has made it clear that his budget will cut non-defense discretionary (NDD) deeply.

In his inaugural address President Trump spoke of ushering in a “new millennium” to “unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.” We’re all in on those goals, to be sure. The President has been very active on many of his campaign pledges during his first week in office, but science hasn’t been a driving theme as yet. However, some of his administration’s actions this week have alarmed members of the science community.

Tomorrow, our 45th U.S. President will be inaugurated. 

Washington is back in full swing. Members of Congress were sworn in on January 3 and started working right away on a budget resolution to facilitate repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

As I reflect on the accomplishments of the year for advocacy for research and innovation, the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act is foremost in my mind, but more work lies ahead as it is executed and more work broadly speaking, to ensure that research for health -- and science and innovation overall -- is treated as a top national priority for the incoming Administration and Congress.

On Tuesday, I had the great honor of attending the bill signing for the 21st Century Cures Act.

Last Friday, while many of us were still savoring a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving, the House released their revamped version of the 21st Century Cures Act. Check out our most recent letter of support and our full statement for more details. Last night, it passed the House by an extraordinary bipartisan majority of 392-26, exceeding even the majority it achieved in its original passage in July 2015.

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, it is fitting to thank our public health workforce for their tireless efforts on our behalf every day of the year. Monday marked the official Public Health Thank You Day (PHTYD), but it is ongoing.

A very close election has entered the history books, in the process laying bare the profound divisions that will challenge all our elected representatives as they seek to unify and heal the nation.

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