Statement by Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley on Senate Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee FY18 Spending Bill
The $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health in the Senate Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee FY18 spending bill recognizes the scientific opportunities before us to prevent and eradicate diseases that continue to take a toll on families and our society as a whole. As Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and the opioid epidemic impact the health and economic security of communities across the country, additional funding is desperately needed to advance innovative research that will deepen our understanding of the root causes of disease and addiction. The $70 million increase for precision medicine research is a positive development as scientists actively gather data from volunteers to develop the right treatment for the right patient. And the $816 million increase in opioid funding will help to save lives and provide some relief to states hardest-hit by this health threat but more is needed to adequately address the scope of this epidemic. We commend Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Patty Murray (D-WA) for their leadership and urge Congress to approve a bipartisan budget agreement that would lift spending caps impeding medical progress.