Senator Arlen Specter To Receive Research!America Advocacy Award
WASHINGTON—March 24, 2009—The Honorable Arlen Specter, U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania, will be honored with Research!America's 2009 Legacy Award for his: outspoken advocacy and leadership in achieving significant support for medical and health research in the recent economic recovery legislation, staunch support for embryonic stem cell research and many noteworthy contributions as a champion for health research.
Specter will be honored tonight at the 13th Annual Research!America Advocacy Awards event at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.
Specter is among the strongest and longest-standing champions of health and medical research in Congress. He initiated and was a pivotal voice in securing $6.5 billion in additional funding for the National Institutes of Health in the recent American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As chairman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, he led the doubling of the NIH budget (1998-2003). Each year he continues to fight to ensure strong, sustained investment in medical research.
Specter is a tireless advocate for embryonic stem cell research and for prevention and many other health and research issues. In February he reintroduced, with Senator Tom Harkin (IA), the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, building on his leadership in passing an identical bill that was vetoed by President Bush in 2006. He has worked to secure U.S. funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Specter was first elected to the Senate in 1980 and is the longest serving Senator in Pennsylvania's history. He is a ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee and on the LHHS Subcommittee. Previously, he was district attorney of Philadelphia (1965-1974).
Other 2009 Research!America Advocacy Award winners are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD; Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, PhD; Stowers Institute founders James "Jim" E. Stowers Jr. and Virginia G. Stowers; ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff; and the Genetic Alliance.