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Research!America takes positions advocating for strong, sustained federal funding and policies that provide a favorable climate for health-related research.

Below are statements released by Research!America. Press releases issued by Research!America can be found here.

Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center Building Dedication

March 31, 2014

Research!America members and partners extend warm congratulations to Research!America Chair The Honorable John Edward Porter for his well-deserved recognition by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the dedication of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center.

Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on The American Cures Act

March 18, 2014

Research!America congratulates Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin for taking a stand against the indefensible neglect of a key American priority — our nation’s research enterprise.

Statement by Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley on President Obama’s FY15 Budget

March 4, 2014

The president’s budget does not reflect the potential the U.S. has to advance scientific discovery.

Statement by Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley on President Obama’s State of the Union Speech

January 29, 2014

It’s heartening President Obama chose to emphasize in his speech the significance of federally funded basic research and the need to undo the damage that has been done to it in recent years with deep spending cuts.

Statement by Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley on Omnibus Bill

January 14, 2014

We applaud portions of the omnibus bill that support the nation’s research, innovation and public health ecosystem, which works to assure our future health and economic well-being.

Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley on Senate Passage of Budget Agreement

December 19, 2013

Senate passage of the budget agreement brings us closer to restoring some of the funding lost under sequestration for medical and health research but this is a band-aid approach to solving our fiscal woes.

Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley on Budget Agreement

December 11, 2013

The budget deal moves the needle in the right direction but not far enough.

Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

October 7, 2013

Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley congratulates the 2013 winners of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Government Shutdown

October 1, 2013

Recent polling commissioned by Research!America shows nearly half of the American public does not believe we are making enough progress in medical research in the U.S.; the government shutdown proves them right.

Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley’s Statement on Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Markup of FY14 Bill

July 9, 2013

The Senate subcommittee markup of the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education FY14 spending bill goes a step in the right direction in softening the blow sequestration has dealt to the hopes and expectations of patients and their families.

Statement from Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on President Obama’s FY14 Budget Proposal

April 10, 2013

The president’s FY14 budget proposal offers a lifeline for medical research to replace sequestration’s damaging footprints.

Statement from Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Bipartisan Action Spotlighting NIH Funding

March 22, 2013

Research!America commends Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) for their vision, their leadership and their commitment to bipartisanship as evidenced by their joint amendment calling for robust investment in medical research.

Statement from Research!America Chair John Edward Porter on the Senate’s Continuing Resolution

March 13, 2013

The Senate Appropriations Committee has taken the first step towards a pro-medical research and innovation agenda with its version of a continuing resolution to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Statement from Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Sequestration Implementation

March 1, 2013

I am concerned that our federal leaders simply don’t “get it.”Sequestration is more than a cop-out, it’s a self-inflicted wound.

Statement from Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Passing of Dr. C. Everett Koop

February 26, 2013

The Board of Directors of Research!America joins me in extending our deepest condolences to Dr. C. Everett Koop’s family, friends and colleagues as we mourn the passing of a visionary leader and champion of medical research.

Statement from Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on the State of the Union Address

February 13, 2013

Research!America applauds President Obama for underscoring medical research as a national priority, along with defense and education.

Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Dr. Subra Suresh’s Departure from NSF

February 7, 2013

Dr. Subra Suresh has been a visionary leader for the scientific community during his tenure at the National Science Foundation (NSF), fostering a spirit of international collaboration among research stakeholders and demonstrating a strong commitment to nurturing the next generation of scientists.

Statement from Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley about AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy’s Departure

January 31, 2013

Dr. Carolyn Clancy has been a stalwart champion of medical and health services research during her decade-long leadership at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), stressing the importance of evidence in formulating policies to address gaps in care and improve health care delivery.

Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley Applauds Supreme Court’s Dismissal of Embryonic Stem Cell Case

January 9, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court's dismissal of Sherley v. Sebelius, a case intended to block federal funding for scientists conducting embryonic stem cell research, is a victory for patients and the research community.

Statement from Research!America Chair John Edward Porter and CEO Mary Woolley on Passing of Senator Arlen Specter

October 15, 2012

We extend our deepest condolences to Senator Arlen Specter's family, friends and colleagues as they mourn the passing of a loved and respected statesman and a true champion of medical research.

Statement from Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Nobel Prize Announcements

October 10, 2012

Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley comments on the selection of Brian Kobilka, MD, and Robert Lefkowitz, MD, as winners of the Nobel Prize for chemistry.

Statement from Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Presidential Debate

October 3, 2012

The first Presidential debate was a missed opportunity for the candidates to outline a vision for putting research and innovation to work to improve health and strengthen the economy.

Statement By Mary Woolley, President and CEO of Research!America on OMB Sequestration Report

Across-the-board Budget Cuts Will Rob Americans of Cures

September 14, 2012

The White House report on the impact of sequestration isn’t a wake up call, it’s a fire alarm…and not a false one.

Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley says House appropriations subcommittee bill places the health and wellbeing of Americans in jeopardy

July 17, 2012

How can Congress justify the elimination of a critical health agency and severe cuts to other programs under the House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee bill?

Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley Hails Senate Passage of FDA User Fee Legislation

June 26, 2012

Senate approval of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act demonstrates the willingness of lawmakers to prioritize the health and safety of patients.

Research!America Chair John Edward Porter Statement on Defeat of Senator Moran's NIH Amendment

June 14, 2012

Senator Jerry Moran's amendment for a $1 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) underscores the importance of strengthening our commitment to research and development as other nations nip at our heels on the road to discovery.

Research!America Chair John Edward Porter Raises Concerns Over Slight Funding Increase for NIH in Senate Subcommittee Markup

June 6, 2012

Research!America Chair John Edward Porter notes that America's continued leadership in R&D cannot continue unless NIH is robustly funded.

Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley Commends Parkinson's Action Network for Honoring Researchers Active in Advocacy

June 4, 2012

Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley salutes the Parkinson's Action Network's (PAN), UCB and Teva CNS for establishing an important new awards program recognizing researchers who have been active in advocacy.

Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley Commends House Subcommittee Markup of FDA User Fee Reauthorization Bill

May 8, 2012

House subcommittee action on legislation to reauthorize user fees for prescription drugs and medical devices is a positive step toward improving patient access to new treatments and cures in a speedier manner.

Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley says House Funding Levels for FY13 Could Undermine Medical Progress

April 25, 2012

Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley comments on a House Appropriations Subcommittee funding allocation to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Research!America Chair John Edward Porter says Budget Negotiations Heighten Urgency to Protect Research Funding in Tight Fiscal Environment

April 19, 2012

The rancorous budget debates between the Administration and Congress obscure the fact that our nation's leadership in science and innovation is tenuous at best if spending for research is cut drastically.

Research!America’s Statement in Response to President Obama’s FY2013 Budget

February 13, 2012

Research!America Chair, former Congressman John Edward Porter says President Obama’s budget is a mixed bag for science and innovation, increasing investment in some areas while shortchanging other key agencies.

Research!America's State of the Union Statement: Promising Outlook for Research and Innovation

January 25, 2012

Research!America's leadership reacts to President Obama's State of the Union address.

Statement by Research!America Chair former Congressman John Edward Porter on Supercommittee Announcement

November 21, 2011

Research!America's chair, The Honorable John Edward Porter, reacts to the congressional supercommittee's failure to reach an agreement.

Research!America Salutes the Life and Legacy of Senator Mark O. Hatfield

August 8, 2011

The medical and health research community mourns the loss of Senator Mark O. Hatfield who died Sunday evening in Portland, Oregon.

Research!America Statement on the Death of former NIH Director Bernadine Healy

August 8, 2011

Research!America responded to the news of the death of Bernadine Healy, MD, former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Research!America Statement: The New York Times’ David Leonhardt named Washington Bureau Chief

July 22, 2011

Research!America congratulates New York Times reporter - and three-time moderator of the Garfield Economic Impact Award - David Leonhardt on being named The Times' Washington Bureau Chief

Research!America Urges Congress: Support Medical Research in 2012 Budget

April 18, 2011

Research!America urged Congress to prioritize medical, health and scientific research as it begins the process of determining the FY2012 federal budget.

President Obama’s 2012 Budget: Nation's Future Depends on Science, Innovation

Research!America Applauds President for Prioritizing R&D

February 16, 2011

Research!America's board chair, former Congressman John Edward Porter, and president, Mary Woolley, thanked President Obama for prioritizing medical, health and scientific research in his FY2012 budget proposal.

President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union: Urge the President to Prioritize Research in his Budget

Research!America Salutes President for Prioritizing Research

January 28, 2011

Research!America leadership reacts to President Obama's State of the Union address.

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