RE: “Repeal the Budget Control Act”

Friday, August 4, 2017

The bust-and-boom budgeting cycle Sen. Cotton refers to in his thoughtful case for repealing the Budget Control Act of 2011 also has a crippling effect on the nation’s scientific research enterprise.

Under the arbitrary rules of that bill, federal research agencies like the National Institutes of Health are severely underpowered. NIH-funded research not only lays the groundwork for life-saving medical treatments, it fuels economic growth and is crucial to curbing health-care costs that are jeopardizing our long-term fiscal security. The costs of Alzheimer’s and cancer alone are on track to wreak havoc on our fiscal future.

Read the full letter to the editor by Mary Woolley (The Wall Street Journal, August 4, 2017).

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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