Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), Chairman of the House Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, will speak at the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day breakfast. Cole will kick-off day two of the September 13-14 event, which attracts a broad coalition of scientists, patients, and other advocates in Washington, D.C.
The goal of the Rally for Medical Research is to increase support among policymakers of the urgent need for continued investment in the National Institutes of Health to advance medical progress. It began in 2013 after sequestration imposed a $1.5 billion budget cut to the NIH. The Trump Administration’s FY18 budget proposal calls for a $7.2 million cut, heightening the importance of advocacy to protect research funding.
The event is coordinated by the American Association for Cancer Research and partners, with support from Research!America and other scientific organizations. It begins September 13 with a Capitol Hill Day training session. Rep. Cole will speak September 14, before advocates proceed to the Hill to meet with members of Congress and staff.
Participants and supporters are encouraged to increase awareness through social media by using the hashtag #RallyMedRes and posting photos with #IRallyFor cards.
Registration and social media materials are available at rallyformedicalresearch.org.