Cromnibus

Dear Research Advocate: I don’€™t always dwell so much on Congress-related actions (or the lack thereof), but this time it’€™s essential given all the year-end/Congress-end action. So bear with me; it’€™s important to the future of health and our nation’€™s prosperity. The ’€œCromnibus’€ narrowly passed Congress and has now been signed into law. As I emphasized in last week’€™s letter, this bill is too little, too late in a multitude of ways, but it’€™s better than a shutdown, or a year-long continuing resolution. More to the point is that Congress didn’€™t do better. Members of Congress can allocate more funding to medical research and science and technology broadly. Congress can alter...
Dear Research Advocate: So much is troubling our nation – evidenced in protests of recent grand jury decisions and the controversy over release of the Senate’s report on the CIA – that most people probably haven’t noticed or cared that the Congress is delaying and may even abort action on the long overdue funding of the federal fiscal year that began on Oct. 1. People have grown tired of Congress missing self-imposed deadlines, only to say they can only act in the face of those deadlines, and now they are talking of doing it again. And thus we are lulled into thinking it doesn’t matter what the Congress does. But that would be wrong: priority-setting by the Congress plays a major role in...
The tiny increases included in the “Cromnibus” bill for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and our nation’s other health research agencies are just that. The underwhelming support for the NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Science Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration following years of stagnant funding and budget cuts begs the question – how low can we go, given health threats the likes of which stand to bankrupt the nation? And the decision to flat-fund the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality does not provide what it takes to reduce the much-complained of inefficiencies in our health care system. The pain and economic drain of one...

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If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana