Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley on Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Markup of FY19 Bill

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The $2 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Senate subcommittee FY19 spending bill will fuel innovation and cutting-edge research at a time when other nations are poised to surpass our leadership in science and technology. China is on track to overtake the U.S. in government investments in R&D in two years or less, according to the National Science Board. Robust investments are pivotal to sustain our global competitiveness and unleash discoveries that will eradicate deadly and disabling diseases. Research supported by the NIH is critical to combatting the opioid crisis, Alzheimer’s disease, antibiotic resistance, flu epidemics and other major health threats that claim lives and weaken our national and economic security. Our nation is fortunate that Senate and House Labor-HHS appropriations leaders -- Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) -- are committed to strengthening our scientific enterprise.

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