The Honorable John Edward Porter  

Congress Warns: Scientists, Health Care Professionals Must Speak Out More for Research

Members from both houses of Congress told the scientific community that they must play a more active and vocal role in making their voice heard and their issues known. The Honorable John Edward Porter, above, has encouraged scientists to seek out candidates and advise them on science issues. To see what other Members had to say, see our PDF.


Research!America's 2010 National Forum and 14th Annual Advocacy Awards

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World Malaria Day and World TB Day

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Leaders often speak out about research, the need to advocate for its funding and Research!America's role in such advocacy.

"Now, we know that these investments in research will improve and save countless lives for generations to come. ... But we also know that these investments will save jobs, they'll create new jobs -- tens of thousands of jobs -- conducting research, and manufacturing and supplying medical equipment, and building and modernizing laboratories and research facilities all across America." —President Barack Obama at the National Institutes of Health, September 30, 2009

In her January 2010 newsletter column, Research!America President Mary Woolley writes "While the health benefits of R&D are global, the economic benefits like new jobs and higher standards of living primarily benefit the nation of origin." 

At the September 24, 2009, Rock Stars of Science briefing, six members of Congress spoke about the importance of research:

"There are two big issues with the health care debate. One is the supply of service. The other is affordability. From those two very important components, the biomedical research capabilities can serve both." —Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA)

"There's an overlap to a lot of this research that goes on. It's not just channeled in one particular direction for one disease. Sometimes a discovery here can help a lot with whatever's next door." —Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE)

"[Research] is critically important to people's quality of life, their economic wellbeing, our nation's economic wellbeing, as well as our physical wellbeing." —Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ)

"Our health care system is broken. It's really a sick care system. We have to apply CPR to revive it: C for coverage for all Americans, P for prevention that we put in place through preventative policies and R for research." —Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA)

"We need to get a critical mass of money to the National Institutes of Health so that they can do the research that they do so laudably so we can get a breakthrough." —Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)

"The kind of major investment we need to make in NIH ... is something that is very important from a long-term economic growth standpoint." —Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

"Science is BACK at the Department of Health and Human Services. This president is very committed to science as the basis we use when making decisions, the central theme to be guided by, not politics or personal preferences." —HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a Research!America dinner, July 16, 2009

"I strongly support investments in global health research," said Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL). "Breakthrough treatments have the potential to save millions of lives while playing a critical role in strengthening health and security at home."

On August 4, Research!America, The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health honored Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Arlen Specter (D-PA).

"I have always believed that it is a prime responsibility of the federal government to support the National Institutes of Health. In the six decades since World War II, the United States has been the global leader in science, biomedical research and technological innovation. We have been respected, admired, even held in awe for our dazzling advances and breakthroughs. But our work is not over yet, which is why I will continue to work to fund medical research." —Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)

"I am honored to be recognized, along with my esteemed colleagues Sen. Harkin and Sen. Kennedy, for my work in the Senate to advance health and medical research. Health is one of our nation's greatest capital assets and I will continue to fight to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health and to press forward in seeking cures for the maladies of the world." —Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA)

"Teddy deeply appreciates the award and has deep respect for the impact of Research!America. He loved Mary Lasker, and he created the Foundations for the National Institutes of Health. As a nation we have an extraordinary scientific imagination. We can change the major causes of death, disease and disability and enhance our quality of life." —Mrs. William McCormick Blair on behalf of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA)

"Doubling the NIH budget was not possible without Research!America. Our inside maneuvering relied on your outside mobilization." —Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), accepting the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy at the 2009 Research!America Advocacy Awards

"Everybody in the science and technology community who cares about the future of the world should be tithing 10% of his or her time to interacting with the public in the policy process." —John Holdren, President Obama's science adviser, in a 2007 address as AAAS president (streaming RealVideo)

The Society for Neuroscience has called Research!America "the leading coalition aiming to make medical research a higher national priority."

Research!America was named the "clearest voice clamoring for increased funding at government life science agencies" by The Scientist.

"There are four words that describe the domestic agenda in this country, and those words are science, science, science and science." —Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), accepting the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy at the 2009 Research!America Advocacy Awards

"There is no better investment than science research to conquer the maladies of the world. ... The potential for science research is absolutely limitless." —Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), accepting the Legacy Award at the 2009 Research!America Advocacy Awards

"The stimulus package did great things for life and physical science research, but none of the stimulus money increases the agency base lines. My bottom line tonight is don't let up! Let's all work together to make science and technology a high priority."  —The Honorable John Edward Porter, Research!America chair, at the 2009 Research!America Advocacy Awards

"Carry this message back to your (Congressional) offices: investment in research is critical to all the work we do, not just  in the purview of the science committee." —Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) at a May 5 Hill briefing.

"The State Department's Global Initiative will be making medical research diplomacy a key focus of our efforts, because investments in medical research are not only investments in bettering global health but are also investments in America's longstanding diplomatic, economic and security interests. ... Medical research serves as a win/win for U.S. diplomatic and business interests abroad as well as for U.S. researchers at home." —Ambassador Elizabeth F. Bagley, Department of State Special Representative for Global Partnerships